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OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS. OF THE

FIFTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL COMMUNICATION OF THE

M. W. GRAND LODGE A. 路F.

A. M.

AND.

OF THE

CONVENED AT.

ST. LOUIS, OCT. 9, A.D.. 1877; A.L. 5877.

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SAINT LOUIS: HUGH R. HILDRETH PRINTING COMPANY, 215 OLIVE STREET.

1877.


OFFICIAL PROCEEDINQS I

OF THE

FIFTY-SEVENTH

ANNUAL COMMUNICA TION

M. W. GRAND LODGE, A. F. & A. M. OF THE STATE OF MO.

~ The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of l\Iissouri, Ancient, Free and Accepted' Masons, held its Fifty-Seventh Annual Communication in Freemasons' Hall, St. IJouis, commencing Tuesday morning, October 9, 1\. D. 1877; A. L. 5877, at 10 . o'clock.

PRESENT. XENOPHON RyLAND THOMAS C. READy N. 1\1. GIVAN M. L. HUnllLE.: WILLIAM N. LOKER. JOHN LUKE ALLAN McDOWELL C. C. WOOD JAMES R. HARDy LEE A. HALL................... JOHN C. BLOO}{FIELD~ HORACE W. POCOKE GEORGE THORP

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J[. W. Grand Master. R. W. Deputy Grand Master. R. lV. Senior Grand Warden. R. W Junim' Grand Wanlen. R. W. Grand Treasurer. R. W. Grand Secretary. R. W Grand Lecturer. Rev. & WOl路. Grand Chaplain. W. Grand Senior Deacon. lV. Grand Junior Deacon .. W. Grand Marshal. W. Grand Pursuivant.

G'rand Tyler.


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The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge was opened in AMPLE FORM. Prayer by the Grand ,. Chaplain.

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CREDENTIALS.

The Grand Master appointed Brothers LEE A. HALL, CHARLES F. ;VOGEL and GEORGE L. FAULHABER, a Commit· tee on Credentials, who reported one hundred and forty Lodges represented. To the Most WorshipJttl Grand Lodge oj pfissouri:

Your Committee on Credentials submit the following report: [Those marked with an asterisk (*) are proxies.] MISSOURI..........................................

No. 1

:MERIDIAN

2

BEACON.............................................

3

WILLIAMSBUlW GEORGE WASHINGTON.......................

8

PAULDINGVILI.E................................. WESTERN STAR.................................. 1\{EMPJlIS........................................... CLARKSVILLE....................................

11

1'7

PAI.MYRA..........................................

18

ST. LoUIS....·......................................

9

15 16

-

20

FLORIDA :... NAPHTALI..........................................

23

EVERGREEN.......................................

27

ST. JOHN'S......................................... 'VINDSOR................... HUNTS"ILLE.............................

28 29

30

LA·F AYETTE.......................................

32

RAJ.LS................................................

33

TROy................................................

34

25

C. F. Vogel, W. M. V. O. Saunders, J. W. George Wiegand, W.1\1. A. Bollin, S. W. M. Drucker, J. W. M. W. Wash, W. M.* Lewis Holden, J. W.* P. R. Hobson. W. M. ,V. J. Fritsch, W. M. P. J. Heuer, S. W. James FitzpatriCk, J. W. W. T. Carter, W. 1\1. A. H. Riggs, W. 1\1:.* E. Scofield, W. M. C. T. Pepper, W. 1\f. W. W. Pitzcr,.s. W. Mathew Fletcher, W. 1\'1.* J. W. Proctor, J. ·W. Daniel J. Funk, W. M. Henry Coan, J. W. J. H. Carr, W. M. D. J. Blanke, W. M. W. H. Thompson, S. W. George Pierce, J. W. J. B. Armstrong, W. M. J. G. Boarn, J. W. John V. Hibbert, S. W. J. W. Brown, W. M. J. C. Shaefer,·W. 1\1:.* 1\1:. Heymann, S. W. X. Ryland, W. M.* W. P. Beck, S. W.* J. B. Vandeman, W. M. A. S. Caison, S. W.


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l\{ERCER COOPER -... l\fT. l\IORIAH............. AETNA ~..... MIDDI,E GROVE.................................

36 40 41 42

JEFF.ERSON JACKSONVILLE..

43 44

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W. F. Buren, W. M. A. H. May, S. W. J. A. Howard, W. M. E. S. Ullman, 'V. M. S. J. Pulliam, W. M. W. T, Featherston, W. M. J. C. Snell, S. W. S. D. Moore, J. W.* J. S. Ambrose, W. M. P. C. Yates, W. M.* P. R. Smith, S. W. R. Smith, J. W.* James M. Wilson, W: 101.* B. P. Bailey, W. M. L. B. Cutler, W. M. A. C. Kennedy, S. W.* A. C. Kennedy, J. W.* J. H. Turner, W. M. J. H. Turner, Jr., J. W.* J. M. Wilcoxen, W. M. C. M. Sutherlin, W. M.* W. H. Carpenter, W. M. B. O. Austin, W. M.* J. B. Wood, W. M.* "H. J. Galbraith, J. W.* W. S. McClintock, W. M. W. R. P. Jackson, S. W.~' Robert A. Caskir, S. W.* J. G. Middlecoff, W. M. B. P. Rowland, S. W. B. M. Danford, W. M, J. M. Staples, W. M. J. M. Staples, S. W.* J. M. Staples, J. W.* S. N. Kerr, S. W.* S. N. Kerr, J. W.* H. Ferguson, W. l\I. F. B. Webb, J. W. J. S. Browne, W. M.* 'V. S. Elliott, J. W. D. S. Crosby, W. M. Jules C. Lachance, S. W. Joseph H. Garrett, 'V. l\1. M. C. Flynt, W. M. J. W. Appling, W. M. D. B. Bailey, W. M. J. E. Cadle, W. M. J. R. Crampton, W. 1>拢. William Hord, W. M. C. G. Hunter, W. M.* . L. A. 路Hall, S. W.* L. A. Hall, J. W. A. F. Poulton, S. W. S. W. B. Carnegy, J. W.'!' John Salyer, W. M. David Baird, W. ~f.* F. R. NeWberry, S. W.

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VVENTZVILLE......

46

FlJLTON............................................. HAYNESVILLE. XENIA................................................

48 49 50

LIVINGSTON.......................................

51

'"V AKANDA............ ARROW ROCK............................... CENTRALIA............................... NEW BLOO)fFIEU>............. '"VAVERLY..........................................

52 55 59 GO 61

l\{ONROE

64

ROCHEPORT TEBO................................................. SULI,IVAN.......................................... SAVANNAI!........................................ EUREKA

67 68 69 71 73

INDJo~PENDENCE................... ...... .........

76

LEBANON

77

ST. JOSEPH........................................

78

POLAR STAR......................................

79

BRIDGETON HICKORY GROVE............................... LACLEDE....... ,'\' ASIIINGTON .'..................... FRa;NDsHIP....................................... KING SOLOMON.................................. MADISON............................................ PERSEVERANCE..............

80

8-'1 87 89 90 91 92

CANTON.............................................

100

BLOOMINGTON.................................... KIRKSVILLE............................... }{ARCUS.....................

102 105

81

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No.111 113 114 118

DE SOTO~ :.................... lIERMANN.......................................... DARDENNE.............

119 123 124

SEAMAN............................................. CHARLESTON 路POTOSI............................................... PH<ENIX........ PRARIEVILI,E ORIENTAL :. PI,EASANT GROVE..............................

126 129 131 136 137 141 142

IRONDALE................... MCGEE.............................................. CASS.................................................. LEXINGTON........................................

143 146 147 149

MILTON.............................................

151

CONCORD.........

154

PLEASANT.......................................... WHITESVILLE...... OCCIDENTAL

160 162 163

JOACHIM ,..................... ORIENT FRANCAIS........

164 167

COLONy :.... CENSER..............................................

168 172

STURGEON.......

174

NEWTON............................................

175

PRIDE OF THE WEST.........................

179

NOVELTy :........................ CALIFGRNIA................... CALHOUN........................................... CHAMOIS........

181 183 184 185

MORALITy.................... HANNIBAL ,. ZEREDATHA.......................................

186 188 189

\VELLSVILLE........

194

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W. H. McGrath, W. M. George R. Riley, W. M. W. S. Anderson, W. M. Samuel Russell, W. 1\L E. H. Johnson, .J. W. Thomas II. McMullin, S. W.* Charles D. Eitzen, W. M. B. T. Gill, S. W.* W. C. Williams, J. W.* J. J. Dillinger, W. M. J. H. Bethune, W. M. W. R. Pearson, W. M. P. P. Parker, W. M. W. H. Pollard, W. M. Jacob Goldenbery, W. M.'.: S. H. Saunders, W. M.* S. H. Saunders, S. W.* S. H. Saunders, J. W.* .J. W. Carter, W. l\L J. G. Morgan, J. W. Charles W. Sloan, W. M.* H. W. Winsor, W. M. Z. S. Mitchell, S. W.* J. O. Lesueur, J. W.* J. P. Meals, W. 1\1. M. Featherston, S. W. J. E. Sallee, W. M.* J. W. Sallee, S. W.* Morris Mitchell, W. M.* J. M. Huffman, W. M. Goodman King, W. M. Henry A. Burgess, J. W. J. E. Walker, S. W. Ferdinand Droz, W. M. R. Mengotti, S. W. William C. Richardson, J. 'Y. W. BUford, W.1\L George Glaze, W. M. George Gla7.e, S. W.* George Glaze, J. W.* A. Titus. W. M. John F. Rueker, S. W.* A. Titus, J. \".* J. M. Ritchey, W. M. D. B. Weems, S. W. D. W. Sellars, W. M. William H. Cornell, S. W. N. J. Watson, W. M. John 1\'1. Will'iams, W. M. B. D. Parks, W. 1\L D. M. Coaghill, W. M. W. Shoeb, S. W. J. H. Hardin, W. l\f. W. C. Foreman, W. M.* George Rees, W. 111.. John A. Dolman, J. \Y.>': William N. Walker, J. W.


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Grand

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BOLIVAR

of Missouri.

No.195

CARTHAGE.........................................

197

JAMESPORT SALISBUItY : HICKORY HILL

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ROLLA

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GRANBy

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GOOD HOPE

KANSAS CITY

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FARMERS HAMILTON

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SALEM SHELBINA ST. JAMES

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WARRENTON BUCKI_IN

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IONIC .. : SEDALIA

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LA PLATA

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GRANVILLE PORTI.AND KEySTONE

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KNOB NOSTER l\{ONTGOMERY CITY

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NEOSHO

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BC"fLER SHEKINA

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MECHANICSVILI,E FLORENCE

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HOLDEN CORINTHIAN

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262 265

",URORA

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267

MIDDLE FABIUS

ROCHESTElt CARROLL HIGH HILL HOPE

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.224

225 228 230 233

216

249

250

251

J. D. Abbe, W.路M.* A. H. Caffe.e, W. M.* A. H. Caffee, S. W.* A. M. Dockery, W. M. L. Selvey, W. M. A.A. Mahan, 'Y.1\1. l<'. S. Huckins, W. M.* S. B. Rowe, S. W. J: H. Dunnvan, J. W.* S. B. Bellew, W. 1\1. S. n. Bellew, H. W.* John L. Murphy, W. M. F. W. Mott, S. W. Peter Bucheim, J. W. James Stanard, S. W. Alexander Smith, W. M. William Wilmott, W. M.* William Wilmott, S. W.~, William Wilmott. J. W.* J. M. Orchard, W. M.* J. W. Tawson, S. W. W. E. Glenn, W. M.* David P. Dyer, W. 1\1.* n. B. Putnam, S. W. D. B. West, W. M. G. L. Faulhaber, W. M. M. Henoeh, J. W. G. U. Sharp,W. M. T. O. Bailey, W. 1\'1. C. E. Gill, S. W. W. H. Fox, W. 1\1. Joseph T. Tatum, S. W. Geor~e S. Collins, .-w. 1\1.* George S. Collins, S. W.* George S. Collins, J. W.* V. Hughes, W. 1\1. H. W. Pocoke, W. 1\拢. James W. AllEm, S. W.* James Robinson, W. M. J. P. McFarland, S. 'V. A. Maas, J. W.* . Geor~e H. Prince, J. W. J. N. Cunningham, W. M. John Nebel, S. W. B. Fry, W. M. D. L. Parker, J. ,,,. F. J. Tygard, W. 1\1. C. F. Lee, W. ~I. R. E. Gamble, J. W.* P. P. Ellis, W. 1\1.* P. P. Ellis; S. V,'.* P. P. Ellis, J. W.* C. M. Sheafe, W. M. William II. Brinker, S. W. William H.Brinker, J. w.~, . Edward Pipe, W. M. John R. Parson, S. ,"'. John E. Jones, J. W.

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, NE'V SAI.ElI£ :

No. 270 2i1

SOLOMON :....................................... GHANITE ,......... ST. CLAIH.......................................... GRAND RIVER................................... LODGE OF PEACE............

2i6 280

STOCKTON

283

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HESPERIAN : CRAFT............................................... EDINA :... SARCOXIE...... MONITEAU........ DORIC................................................

272 273

286 287 291 293 295 300

•OSAGE :................... ASHLAR............................................. )IEW LONDON....................................

303 306 307

KEARNEy.................................... RURAL...............................................

311

OSBORN :............................ IIARDIN.............................................

317 322

COHNER STONE..................................

323

MT. ZION........................................... :................... CHARITy

327 33-1

CHILLICOTHE

333

BRECKENRIDGE................................. CIRCLE.............................................. AGRICOI,A.................. l\{OBERLy :-............

334 342 343

MOSAIC '...... FRIEZ'D.............................................. BEN. BRANKLIN :........ HEBRON

351

316

344

3.52 '353

354

GARHETT........................................... TUSCAN..............................................

359

HIRAM.............................................. WARSAW I....... NONPAREIL........................................ :r.fANDEVILLE..................................... GOLDEN ·RULE :.......... PLUMB : :...................

362 365 372 373 374 375

360

J. H. Alexander, W. M. G. W. Nichols, .J. W. J. E. Tem, W. M. James C. 'Pllompson, M. George W. Hall, J. W. F. C. Shaler, W. M. S. Finis King, W. M. J. W. Stone, J. W. William Hutstone, W. M. William Hutstone, S. W.* William Hutstone, J. W.* Walter M. Maearty, W. M. S. Bart Turner, W. M.* Frank M. Gifford, S. W.* James S. Day, J. W.* C. C. Don Carlos, W. M. James Marlin, W. M. James Marlin, S. W.* C. T. Davis, S. W. Cyrus Eversoll, W. M. T. R. Dodge, W. M. George E. Mayhall, S. W. E. H. Ralls, J. W.* D. L. Wilhoit, W. M.O;< G. W. DeGroodt, S. W. G. W. DeGroodt, J. W.* JOf'oh. Truax, W. M. Thomas McGinnis, W. M.* Thomas McGinnis, S. W.* Thomas McGinnis, J. W.* Z. Adler, W. M. Joseph Meyer, .J. W. H. T. Smith, W. M. George Crowther, W. M. J. A. Hardy, S. W.* J;. N. $mith, J. W.* R. F. Dunn, S. W.* W. H. Mead, J. W.* S. J. Dewey, W. M. W. W .. Warren, W.}!. J. H. Webster, W. M. Eli Owen, S. W.* A. B. McGaffey, J. W. W. R. Read, J. W.* James W. Robertson, W.M. J. L. Bennett, W. M. J. M. Riley, W. M. S.. S. Craig, S. W. J. F. Bostin, W. M. R. L. Henry, W. M. Wallace Delafield, J. 'W. G. N. Sansom, ,Yo M. A. S. McGowan, W. ""1. Frank H. Clar~, W. ~L" James M. Stovall, W. M. J. H. Seholle, W. M. B. H. Hayden, W. M.

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ANCIENT CRAFT

COATSVILLE QVEEN CITY.. BEE HIVE..

3i9 380 393

LATIMER ~... DECATUR.............. CENTER.............................................

395 400 401

ITURAEA...........

406

HUNNEWELL

>................

415

CACHE..............................................

416

COVENANT......................................... CLEAR CREEK :.............. ITASKA :., EUCI.ID ..

417 418 420 421

GATE OF THE TEMPI.E.:..................... NEWBURG-.......................................... GLENWOOD........................................

422 423 427

IRON 1r!OUNTAIN................................ TUSCUMBIA.. TRO'VEL > ,.......... ANCHOR.............................................

430 43i 440 443

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445

FAIRVIEW.... BARNESVIJ.I.E.................................... "'{ALLACE :........ LAMBSKIN :...........

44i 455 456 460

NODA'VAY......................................... NINEVAH

4iO 473

CLINTON............ IRISH GROVE

481

'VEST GATE

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483'

KIRKWOOD........................................

484

VANDALIA.......................................... DAGGETT........................................... GLOBE...............................................

491 492 495

George P. Bigelan, W. :M.* George P. Bigelan, S. W.* George 1'. Bigelan, J. W.* W. B. Shumake, W. M. G. 路W. Wilson, W. :M. W. M. Allison, W. M. W. M. Allison, S. W.*' W. M; Allison, J. W.* T. M. Bradford, J. W. E. P. Linzce, W. M.* J. W. Farris, W. M. S. R. Farrar, J. W. William H. Hall, W. M.* William H. Hall, S. W.* 'Villiam H. Hall. J. W.* W. S. McClintock, W. M; Georgc W. Janes, S. W. E. Taylor, W. M. E. C. Curlc)', S. W. S. S. Plunkctt, S. W. A. M. McIntire, W. M. Edward Nathan, W. M.* James Pcnter, S. W. L. Walter, J. W. Benjamin Grist, W. M. J. J. Burney, W. M. S. N. Bergin, W. M. G. D. Grey, S. W.* G. D. Grey, J. W.* ' J. A. Anbuchon, S. W. D. Marshall, W. M. A. R. Jaques, W. M. C. C. Rainwater, W. M. Joseph Mountain, J. W. D. O. Butterfield, W, M. S. Kehnnann, S. W.路 John Clemens, W. M. H. C. Tittwood, W. M. R. F. Wyan, W. M. A. B. Barbee, W. M.* John J. Cunnington, S. W. J. G. Grems, W. M. ,v. C. Womble, W. M. John E. Moseley, S. W.* M. A. Fyke, S. W. Jordan J. Denny, W. M. Samuel Vangundy, S. W.* Jordan J. Denny, J. W.* Hugo 8. Jacobi, W. M. B. L. Hickman, Jr., J. W. K. A. Laird, W. M. ' LemuelPrico, S. W. H. B. ,Butts, W. M.

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PAST GRAND MASTERS.

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James E. Cadle, Thomas E. Garrett, Samuel H. Owens,

Samuel H. Saundel'lS} R. E. Anderson, John D. Vincil,

S. W. B. Carnegy, Joseph Foster, John II, Turner.

PAST DEPUTY GRAND MASTER.

D. P. Wallingford. PAST SENIOR GRAND WARDENS.

:Martin Collins,

James H. Britton,

A.}f. Dockery.

PAST MASTERS.

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William Wilmott, No. 224. W. F. Roberts, No. 174. David Baird, No. 105. John McKittrick, NO.1. Thomas S. Long, No. 281. 1. M. Orchard, No. 225. O. Davis, No. 114. J. R. Middleton, No. 333. John J. Skinner, No. 374. D. J. Marquis, No. 2.56. John M. Collins, 445. R. W. Parcels, NO. 163. W. C. Foreman, No. 188. O. Root, Jr., No. 208. J. E~ Carter, No. 43. M. W. Eagan, No.1. W. L. 'l'ribbe, No. 267. James A. H. Lampton, NO.9. D. N. Burgoyne, No. 1. W. M. Williams, No. 36 William Earl, No. 65. Edward Nathan, No. 420. John Moore, No. 430. 'S. Boehm, No. 25. D. W. Sadler, No. 79. Charles Pipkin, No. 164. J. M. lIarklerodes, No. 267. Adolph Klintoph, No. 420. W. R. StUbblefield, No. 163. William Nifong, No. 234. Charles F. Alden, No. 243. Isaiah ~'orbes, No. 1. John E. Barnes, No. 395. M. Cook, No. 267. S. C. Bunn, No. 360. J. B. Henderson, No. 154. J. H. Krippen, No. 443. Hem)" 1'. Mudd, No. 484.

William Douglas, No.1. .T. C. McFarland, No. 412. I. M. Fox, No. 272. Lewis McCutchan, No. 212. Richard Trevor, NO.9. S. B. Potter, No. 267. E. V. Kytc, No. 40. W. E. Kortkamp, No.179. S.lILKennard, No. 360. Leverett Bell, No. 79. Thomas Seal, No. 460. W. II. Vine,ent, No. 385. Robert Lyle, No. 282. William C. Defriez, No. 79. J. H. Pottenger, No. 79. E. J. Williamson, No. 20. W. S. Elliott, No. 78. W. E. Glenn, No. 230. C. G. Hunter, No. 92. J. F. Edwards, No. 11. D. Newman, No. 179. John B. Maude, No. 360. N. Grieshammer, Np 43. Francis Nohl, No.2. Daniel H. Bartlett, No. 416. W. P. Mullen) No. 179. H. F. Hoppins, No. 179. Thomas M. Wannall, No. 243. William D. Clayton, No. 45. M. MandIe, No. 25. Alfred Barter, No. 286. W. H. Stone, No.9. J. C. Bloomfield, No. 243. J. B. Austin, No. 163. John A. Gilfillan, No. 243. George J. Goodwin, No.9. W. C. Watts, No. 79. H. J. Ross, No. 183. Fraternally submitted, LEE A. I;IALL, CHARLES F. VOGEL. GEORGE L. FAULHABER. Committee.


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ANNUAL ADDRESS. ~he

Grand Master delivered the following Address:

BRETHRRN OF THE GRAND LODGE OF MISSOURI:

}<'or more than half a century it has been the custom of the Masons of Missouri to meet in Grand Lodge, for the purpose of reviewing their annual labors, and correcting here and there the ~vork that has been negligently done, in order that their Temple, in process of '"erection, may rest firmly upon the foundations laia in Truth and Holiness by our Fathers. When its cap-stone is brought forth with shouting and joy, and placed in proper position, living in the light and glory that shall guild its dome, ma~~ we be prepared to dwell forever in the presence of that light which emanates from the throne of Him who alone is worthy our adoration and worship. So are we met to-day. Few have long been workmen upon the Temple, others are just commencing: but our kindly greetinlls to each other are all the same. Age nor youth affect the relations sustained but to bind in closer union. It is the object of the one to commit their working tools iniAl the hands of thosc who are worthy; and they are received by the other in courage, strength and reverence, 'with the the prayer, "Bless me, even me, also, oh, my Father." In order that we may approach our task with wisdom .and intelligence suitable to the purpose, let us enter into the sanctum sanctorum, and make our weakness and ignorance known unto Him who has promised to be our wisdom and strength, and receive that perfect knowledge which shall enable us to trace with accuracy the designs upon our trestle-board. JOHN DOVE. We had scarcely entered upon the work of the year, when the sound of mirth and gladness ceased upon the threshold of our sister Grand Lodge, Virginia, and grief and mourning filled her heart, for she had heard the yoice of death whisper to our venerable Brother, R. W. John Dove, that " It is not exile, rest on high; It is not sadness, peace from strife;

'1'0 fall asleep, is not to die: To rest with God is sweeter life;"

and, listening, he had entered into rest. Brother Dove was born in Richmond, Va., September 2,1792. In December, 1813, he was initiated into the mysteries of Masonry. In 1818, he was installed Grand Secretary of the Grand Chapter of Virginia, and in 1835, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge, and in 1845, he was elected Grand Recorder. All these positions he filled to the satisfaction of his Brethren, the honor of his juriSdiction, and to the enlightenment of the Craft.â&#x20AC;˘In the eighty-fifth year of his age, bowed down beneath a weight of years, he surrendered up the jewels of.his office, "And lay down, Dead, in the lap of his primeval mother, Who throws a shroud of turf and flowers around him." Let the purity of his life, his kindness to man, his devotion to duty, and his love for


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God, inspire us in the discharge of our obligations, that we may be missed like him when life's work is done. He will go out no more with the Brethren of Virginia, " for the light of their Israel is quenched." In recognizing the ties by which we are bound to all our fellow-creatures, bendin~ ]ow to catch the sound of sorrow as it falls from human lips, in order to alleviate the suffering that produces it, and sympathizing with, where we cannot heal, the broken spirit, we are prepared to meet the shadows and darkn~'S that must and will fall upon our pathway. GEORGE FRANK GOULEY. On the morning of the 11th of April, 1877, our Brother, George Frank Gouley, perished in the destruction by fire of the Southern Hotel, in the city of St. Louis. No event in the history of this Grand Lodge has ever caused such universal sorrow, as that which followed the announcement of the horrible death of 'this distinguished Mason. George Frank Gouley was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on the 15th day of February, 1832. He was made 'a Mason in Washington City, and from thence, removing west, he finally located in St. Louis. His first connection with the Grand Lodge wAs as assistant to Grand Secretary Anthony O'Sullivan, whom he succeeded in office, in 1866. The Masons of Missouri, in appreciation of his real worth and merit, continued hi.m in this office to the day of his death: Sensible of the confidence and esteem of his Brethren, he labored most arduously to advance the interests of this Gralld Lodge, and to win for her a commanding position In the Masonic wOJ:ld. 'fhe reputation and character now sustained attcst well the result of his personal labors. While thus unselfishly 'working for the glory of his own jurisdiction,)1e never forgot the universality of Masonry, and unconsciously WllS making tor himself a name that will be remembered so long as mortals have need of brotherly love, relief and truth. The presentiment of a sudden and unexpected death called forth the finer sensibilities of his nature, and gave him no time to brood over or cherish animosities. He was constantly guarded in his actions, tor fear that offense might be taken when it was not intended, and of the want of opportunity to correct such false impression. A voice seemed to whisper to him, "While others set, thy sun shall fall, Night without eve shall close on thee; And He who made with sudden call Shall bid, and thou shalt cease to be." The night came, and no eve has yet followed it. His work was done. For the beneMt of those who should succeed him, he had carefully arranged the tabular statements pUblished in the Proceedings of 18i6. The last important work intrusted to him WIl.'l finished, happily for us, under his care and supervision, and the history of this Body stands forth completed in the reprint of its early Proceediilgs. The hand that gave order and harmony to our work for so many years, and that never was empty in answer to the call of charity, is motionless in death. Our column of beauty has fallen, and, weeping, we cannot replace it. The body of Brother Gouley lay in state in this hall for torty-eight hours, ,;uarded b)- the Sir Knight..,> of St. Louis. No more eloquent tribute to his memory was offered than the silent tear that wet the cheek of so many of the thousands that came to view for the last time the man who had so little selfishness, and whose heart was as full of sunshine as the light which beamed from his face seemed full of benevolence. His remains were carried to the receiving vault in Bellefontaine, by Mis..'>ouri Lodge, No.1, escorted by the Grand Commandery of Missouri. As the mournful procession moved through the streets of St. Louis, the assembled thousands testified the universal esteem in which our Brother was held, as well as marked the saddest calamity that had ever befallen the city. The remains of Brother Gouley sleep not in the soil of Missouri. It is true, a resting place more sweet and lovely cannot be found than was tendered in Bellefontaine Cemetery, along whose borders the waters of the Mississippi roll, and on whose forests and sloping hills the setting sun always lingers with peculiar brightness.


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We could not deny the request of the aged mother, that the lifeless body of her boy might be returned to the spot that gave him birth, for we knew she would "deem the dead more near in native land." The precious casket was transmitted to Delaware, and deposited in its last resting place in Wilmington by faithful hands. To the Masons of Delaware we say, guard well that spot, for we have" lifted the c:>rner of the sod under that low, green tent, whose curtains never outward swing, and have planted there our hearts." . In the name of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, we tender to the widow of our Brother our sympathy and affection. There is no sorrow like unto that which has fallen to her lot. We accept with gratitude the expressions of grief and words of comfort that have come from our sister jurisdictions. We hope that he who so often greeted us with welcome at our annual convocations, like the flowers which relieved the sombre darkness pervading this hall when last we saw his familiar features, will stand at the door of the Celestial Grand Lodge, " golden hearted, clad in white," to receive us, as one by one ,\'e are summoned from labor to refreshment. In order that a fitting tribute might be prepared to perpetuute the labors and keep the memory green of our departed Brother, a special Memorial Committee was appointed, consisting of Past Grand Masters, John D. Vincil, Thomas E. Garrett and Samuel H. Owens, to report at this time. WiLLIAM E. DUNSCOMB. Past Grand Master Dunscomb died in St. Louis, on the 24th day of July, 18ii. He was born in the city of New York, February 1, 1819, and had been a resident of the St.ate of Missouri for nearly forty years. During the greater portion of this time his home was at the capital of the State. For many years he occupied the position of chief clerk in the State Auditor's office, and was clerk of the Supreme Court. No mall in the State possessed a more unstained and spotless character than Brother Dunscomb. His work and dealings as a man of business called for no correction, owing to the precision and accuracy with which he transacted every thing committed to his care. In recognition of his true nobility, he was made Grand Master in 1867. A mysterious Providence suffered his mind to become shattered and broken in the 18.~t years of his existence. The tenderness and care bestowed upon him in his affliction demonstrated how strong a hold he possesSed upon the Masonic Fraternity. The gentleness and kindness which he acquired in a life time of usefulness never deserted him, even after the light of his reason was darkened. His remains were sent to Jefferson City, and were deposited in the grave with appropriate honors, the services being conducted b); Past Grand Master S. H. Owens. When such men as Grand Master Dunscomb pass away from active Hfe,'vacaneies are ereated which cannot be filled except by those who have the sternest integrity impressed upon their being. -

FOREIGN RELATIONS. GRAND LODGE OF EGYPT. Early in June I received from R. W. Bro., F. F. Oddi, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Egypt, a most sympathetic communication touching the death of our Brother. As soon as the sad intelligence of his fate reached that distant land, R. W., T. A. ZOla Grand Master, assembled a Grand Lodge of Emergency, wherein the following decision was unanimously taken, Oil. the 25t~ of May.


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" Whereas, R. W. Bro., George Frank Gauley, has proved to be a bosom friend of the Egyptian Craft, assisting us by his fraternal arid valuable advice to emerge to a new life, and constitute ourselves to a lawful, regular Grand Lodge: "Whereas, our lamented Brother has, by his writings and deeds, illustrated the tmc Craft Masonry throughout the world: " Whereas his tragic end caused a sad and irreparable bereavement to all and loyal Mason:

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",Grand Lodge of Egypt resolved that the name ofR. W. Bro., George Frank Gouley, be inserted as an honorary member in its Golden Book, and that the following inscription be appended within the Temple: "To the memory of George Frank Gouley, P~t Master Missouri Lodge, No.1, Right Worshipful Grand Secretary, Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of :Missouri, A. F. and A. M., who tragically perished on the XI. day of April, MDCCCLXXVII., at St. Louis, aged XLV. The Grand Lodge of Egypt fraternally consecrate." It gives us great satisfaction to know the esteem in which our deceased Brother was held by the Egyptian Craft, and hope that his recommendation, as preserved in the Report of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence, will lead to the establishment of _ fraternal intercourse between Missouri and the Grand Lodge of Egypt.

GRAND LODGE OF SCOTLAND. On the 6th of November, 1876, a resolution was adopted by the Grand Lodge of Scotland, whereby fraternal relations were established with this jurisdiction. At the samc time R. W., Bro. Lord Inverurie was nominated as the Representative of Missouri, near that Grand Lodge, and a commission, was ordered to issue to him as such. 'Past Grand Master Thomas E. Garrett was recommended and has since been accredited as Representative of the Grand Lodge of Scotland n.ear Missouri. It is ,to be hopcd that our difficulties are at an end in this quarter, and that nothing in future shall happen to mar the intercourse thus honorably begun. We congratulate the Grand Lodg-e of Scotland in having secured the valuable services as Grand Secrctal1' of that distinguished Mason R. W. Bro., D. Murray Lyon. We are indebted to R. W. Bro., George S. BIltCkie, of Tennessee, whose kind offices we received as Special Representative .of Missouri for the issue reached.

GRAND LODGE OF NEW MEXICO. On the 6th of August, 1877, Representatives of Aztec Lodge, No. 108, Chapman Lodge, No. 95, and Montezuma Lodge, No. 109, working under charters from this juri:iidiction, pursuant to a call upon the Lodges in the Territory of New Mexico, met in convention at Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in a lawful manner proceeded to organize the Grand Lodge of New Mexico. An official copy of the Constitution and By-Laws adopted has been received. Union TAdge has also joined in this movement It is with pleasure we hail the act of our Brethren of New Mexico, and cordially recommend you to ~ke such action as will enable this daughter of Missouri t'O procure proper recognition by her sister Grand Lodges.

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FOREIGN REPRESENTATIVES. On March 1, 1877, it was my pleasure to appoint and commission R. W. Bro" Frank Tilford; of Salt Lake City, Reprcsentatiye of the Grand Lodge of Missouri near the Grand Lodge of Utah. R. W. Bro., Robert D. Clark was likewise accredited as the RepresentatiYe of this Grand Lodge near the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia.

DECISIONS. In the discharge of thc official duties relating to the office of Grand Master, r have been called upon to make many rulings, the greater part of which it is not necessary to report for your sanction. The decisions reported contain no new principles of law. They stand along side the already established law of this Grand Lodge: but the Brethren seem ullwilling to construe the law, or apply the spirit of it to the facts of any case without first consulting the Grand Master, and, to save this ever recurring labor, it has been considered advisable to submit the following decisions for your action; FIRST. When charges intervene after the reception and reference of a petition for affIliation, it is illegal for the Lodge to receive a report upon such petition, or allow a ballot to be taken thereon, until the charges have been finally disposed of by the Lodge.

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FOURTH. No one can act as an installing officer who has not been regularly installed into the office of Master of a Lodge. The right of installing his officers belongs to the Master, and in his ab:;ence the Senior Warden, though for the time being Master, cannot act as installing officer unless he is an actual PlUlt Master.


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FIFTH.

Where a member has in an official capacity become 'indebted to the Lodge, it is lawful for the Lodge to withhold his dimit, though his dues are paid, until such indebtedness is' settled satisfactorily to the Lodg-e, through charges or otherwise.

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-The records of the Lodge must show when its members are dimitted. The dimit dates from the time it is ordered to be entered of record, the rights and privileges ofmembership immediately cease thereafter. The dimitting member cannot, by failure to ask for the certificate of dimission, be continued as a member of the Lodge. Membership can only be regained by regular petition. SEVENTH.

The LOdge cannot waive its jurisdiction over a petitioner thereto for the mysteries 9f Masonry, until after a ballot is taken upon the petition. To rule otherwise would allow a Lodge by unanimous vote to permit the withdrawal of a petition without a ballot, which is positively prohibited by our law, when it has been lawfully received.

EIGHTH. "Can a Lodge of Masons, when requested to conduct the funeral ceremonies of a deceased Brother. who was also a member of non-Masonic associations, share with such associations the right of appointing pall-bearers, or allow them to participate in the ceremonies at the grave? " / The difficulties surrounding this question are recognized. If no request is made, we have no right whatever to appear in procession with other associations which have been requested to perform the last sad rites of burial over the remains of a deceased Brother. This is a rock of offense to such associations. If the request is legally and properly made to a Masonic Lodge, then, in performing these ceremonies, it must have absolute control, and in those jurisdictions permitting other associations to assist at the grave, the Lodge performs its ceremonies last. This gives offense. , We cannot afford to apologize to other associations for our laws. They have been handed down to us from generation to generation, and we can suffer no infringement upon them. The Lodge on such occasions is at labor, and no one not a Mason can participate therein. Non-affiliated Ma.~ons cannot appear in our processions, Why exclude them, as well as our Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts, if profanes are to assist in this labor? There is no qUe.'>tion of courtesy here. It is a question of Masonic law, and is not rightly viewed in any other light. There is no prohibition against any other associations follOWing the Lodge in procession to the grave, thus testifying their respect to the dead, but they are excluded from all further participation.

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NINTH. When, on a trial for non-payment of dues, the delinquent pleads inability inmitigation of such neglect, and the plea is sustained, an acqui,t~l does not discharge him from the payment of dues then owing,"ami constitutes no bar 'to subsequent charges for same offense. Dues cannot be remitted by implication; for this purpose the action of the Lodge must be direct on proper motion. TENTH. The' record of a criminal court, of competent jurisdiction, duly certified, showing indictment, arraignment, conviction and sentence of the accused, according to forms of law, for the same offence on which he is being tried by his Lodge, is legal and corn,petent evidence against the accused, and should be admitted at the trial.

ELEVENTH. When the Charter of a Lodge hM been arrested, the rights, privileges and jurisdiction of the Lodge are not destroyed, but remain in abeyance until the Grand Lodge'passes upon the arrest. Justice to the Lodge requires that all its rights should remain intact. Therefore it is improper for dimits to be granted to its membership, and illegal for any other Lodge to receive the petition of a profane being within the jurisdiction of the Lodge whose charter has been arrested, until such action is confirmed by the Grand Lodge.

TWELFTH. The disability imposed by subdivision eight, section one, article eighteen, Constitution 1875, upon persons convicted of any infamous crime, is removed by pardon, unless expressly excepted by the terms of the pardon, and such,restored persons are competent witnesses under our law. THIRTEENTH. The law concerning the office of District Deputy Grp,qd Master requires the appointee to be a Past or present Master in this jurisdiction. Residence in the district is necessary, while Lodge membership is not required therein, After appointment to such office, the District Deputy Grand Master dimits for the purpose of gaining Lodge membership in his district: Held it was not necessary that he shouW be re-eommissioned after such â&#x20AC;˘ object was obtained. Should he remain dimitted from any cause, he cannot hold the office, and his snccessor should be appointed.

FOURTEENTH. "A Lodge has reached its twenty-fifth anniversary, having accumulated eight hundred dollars in its treasury. It is proposed to celebrate the occasion by banquet, and a motion is made to appropriate one-half of the funds in the treasury to pay for the same, the Lodge to be liable only for one-half the cost of the feast. , Is it the duty of the Master to entertain such motion?" . The largest liberty should be allowed the Lodges in the disposition of their funds for Masonic purposes. But it will be very easy to see how, in a case lilte this, an improvident action may bankrupt a Lodge, and divert its funds into an illigitimate channel. Such occasions should be passed without any celebration rather than result in such a termination. G. L.-PRO 2.

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Decision.-The Master is custodian of the property of the Lodge. He is responsible for it, and should not allow it to be wasted. Acting in this capacity, he not only has the right but it is his solemn duty to refuse to entertain any and all motions for t.he improper usc of the funds of the Lodge.

FIFTEENTH. There is a conflict between Decisions one hundred and fifteen and one hundred and twenty-five, in Book of Com;titutions, l8i!), and the attempt to reconcile them by Decision , nine, in the Proceedings ofl8i5. which was confirmed, leaves the question at issue still in doubt. The Decision nine recognizes a distinction between a hon-resident Entered Apprentice or Fellow Cmft, and one who resides within our jurisdiction. The former being declared entitled to a certificate of dismission on demand, being clear of char~cs, while the other is not. That there is really any necessity for such distinction does not appear. If any favors are to be extended', it seems that our resident candidates for advancement should be entitled to them. The whole matter depends upon an answer to this question: Does the candidate, by initiation, acquire such right to advancement of which he shouid not be deprived without due trial? The right to advancement does not exist at alL except "upon the unanimous consent of all the Brethren in communication assembled." The. candidate can apply for, and it is for the Lodge to say whether or not his advancement shall be permitted, and upon it" refusal he cannot demand a triaL The right of application for, and the right to advancement. differ materially. When the Grauu Lodge declares that the appllcation for advancement must be granted, or, when demanded, a certificate o'f dismission must issue, it destroys the jurisdiction of a Lodge over its own material, and of whose fitness for the building it alone is judge. The decision of 18i5 makes no exception, and, in effect, directly asmils one of the sheet anchors of our Institu/tion, the right of objection to advancement, and which is firmly rooted and grounded in our law. An objector cannot be forced to give his reasons, nor can the candidat€ demand a trial, yet under this decision all he has to. do is to remove from the State and demand his certificate of dismission. Where an injustice may be clone occasionally by having a stringent rule on the subject, 'it will more often be the salutary cause of preventing the advancement of a man who has been discovered to be unworthy of receiving Masonic honors, but against 'whom no specific charge may be susceptable of sufficient proof to cause expulsion. The Lodge that has lawfully acquired jurisdiction in the premises is the only safe and proper custodia.n of this power, and of it no deprivation should be suffered. In order to harmonize the law and have no uncertain rule, I would suggest that the decisions of 18iO and 18i5 be repealed, byexpre!'s terms, and Decision one hundred and fifteen be reaffirmed, as follows: "A Lodge may grant a certificate of dismission, by an unanimous vote, to its Entered Apprentice or Fellow Craft, which is equivalent to a dimit or waiver of jurisdiction. If refused, the Brother cannot demand a trial." ·THE HOLY BIBLE.

The question has been asked with practical force, should a :Master elect be installed into office who is habitually guilty of denouncing the Bible? It was put at rest by the accused acknowledging the error of such conduct and promising its avoidance in future. From the very nature of Masonry' t~ere can never be added to the solemn religious test which the profane finds applied to him ere he crosses the threshold of her mystic Temple. Perish the hand that will attempt to mar or overthrow it. Masonry has never claimed to exercise, nor has she any desire to encroach upon, the prerogatives of the Church. She finds man in earkness, and on her altar, as the first object of his vision, open wi!le the sacred volume stands. It is given to him as the rule and guide for his faith and praetice. He is not commanded to accept or reject it as a whole. It is simply


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spread open before him. The joy that filled the heart of the devout Israelite when the "book of the law," long lost, was found, still finds itc; place in the Ma.c;onic heart. The light of our Lodge homes will never be dimmed so long as that Book is kept open. While its open pages are the foundation on which rests the square of truth, and it is touched by the, circle drawn by the elevated points of the cOIJ1passes, darkness will be dispelled, and the enemies of Masonry will strike at her in vain. He who, by denouncing the Bible, would thrust discord into his Lodge, and become a disturbing elenlent, will find himselt led therefrom throttled by the cable-tow of harmony. Like the proud bird that hurls his b~ast against the stonn. seeking to reach the light of the sun beyond the cloud, tind;> itseII dashed to the earth with soiled and brokelt plumage, so the Mason that thrusts himself against our Bpok of Constitutions, in searching for light beyond, will find himself at last thrown down by the contact into deeper darkness 01 ignorance arid error, amid the rubbish of our Temple. "For the miracles of God have ceased, and Nature, secure and unmolested, is no longer called on for testimony to her Creator's voice. No burning bush draws the footsteps to His presence chamber; no invisible voice holds the ear awake; no hand cometh forth from the obscure to write His purposes in letters of ft.ame. The vision is shut up, and the testimony is sealed, and the word of the Lord is ended, and that solitary volume is the sum total of all for which the chariot of heaven made so' many visits to thc earth, and God himself tabernacled and dwelt among us." It was the day-star of the hopes of our fathers-their pavilion of peace. So may it be ours. I

SPECIAL DISPENSATIONS. 1876.

December 2. To R. W., Bro. J. G. l\fiddlecoff, District Deputy Grand Master, to lay corner-stonc of Cumberland Church, at Clinton. ;ÂŁ0 Wellington L<ldge, No. 22, to hold special election for Master. The Master elect refusing to be installed, and the bes't interests of the Lodge requiring it.

December 8. To Grandby Lodge, No. 216, for special election of officers. The member;; having been unavoidably prevented from holding their regular meeting. December 27. To St. Nicholas Lodge, No. 435. 'For ~ame purpose and for same reason. 1877.

January 10. To Chamois Lodge, No. 185. Election of officers. No quorum at regular meeting. March 15. To St. Louis Lodgc, No. 20, for election of Treasurer. The Treasurer elect refusing to be installed, and the officer holding over being about to remove from jurisdiction of Lodge. April 7. The Secretary elect of Comer Stone Lodge, No. 323, refusing longer to act as Secretary, or be illstalled, the Lodge was authorized to fill the office by special election. June 13. To John 1\L Hoberts, 'Worshipful Masterof Marblc Hill Lodge, No. 298, to lay corner-stone of Masonic Hall. July 14. The Master and Senior Warden having left the jurisdiction, and no quorum bei.ng present at the annual meeting, Linn Lodge, No. 66, was authorized to hold an election of officers. . . July 18. To R. \V., Bro. W. E. Tucker, District stone of Butler Academy, at Butler.

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August 15. To Lodge of Light, No. 257, for election of Secretary. The officer elect refusing to ,be installed or to act longer. In the cases of special elections, the resident members were required to be notified. A little prudence in the selection of officers, and more zeal, would do away with constant applications for special elections. . Many requests from Lodges to appear in public procession were denied, for the reason that as a general rule good does not result therefrom, and the officers of Lodges must learn that rarely any case will justify the use of the telegraph wire in asking for Dispensations. All applications for Dispensations should be made through the District Deputy Grand Master, and bear his recommendation, or the reasons why refused. No special election was authori1.ed in any case where the Lodges were prospering under their officers. CHANGES IN DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS. Bro. H. B. Hamilton was appointed to fill the vacancy in the Twenty-seventh District. caused by the resignation of Bro. James E. Carter; Bro. Dean D. Duggins, of Marshall, Mo., in the Thirty-ninth District, vice W. D. Chandler removed to Texas; Bro. John H. Pugh. vice Bro. B. D. Dean, removed from Seventeenth District; R. W. Bro., James W. Robertson wal, appointed in the. Twenty-ninth District. These officers have, as far as possible, discharged their duties in the time allotted.

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DUPLICATE CHARTERS. The charters of the following Lodges having been destroyed b)~ fire, duplicate charters were issued, as provided by law: . 1876. October 30. To Arg)'le lA>dge, No. 451, Nevada. November 25. To Clinton Lodge, No.

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February 1. To Robert Burns Lodge, Gainesville,. Ozark County. February 21. To Paynesville Lodge, Paynesville, Pike County. April 7. To Buckner Lodge, Buckner Station, Jackson County. June 22. To Jamison Lodge, Jamison, Daviess County. 'fhe Dispensation a..<;ked for the formation of new Lodge at Gallatin, was refused, because thc charter of DavieSs LOdge, No. 116, at this place, was arrested last year, leaving a large indebtedness unpaid. No efforts having been made to liquidate this indebtedness, it was not deemed prudent or just to constitute a 'new Lodge at this point. A Lodge should devise some othcr way to meet its liabilities; than that of having iJ;s charter arrested, thereby offering a sacrifice with no sweet-smelling savor to the name of Masonry, Dispensation for Lodge at Oxford, Worth County. was refused, as unnecessary, and for want of proper recommendation. On recommendation of R. W., Bro. Bethune, District Deputy Grand Master, the petition for a new Lodge at Portageville, was likewise denied.

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The charges preferred in this case against Bro. E. M. Clark, Worshipful Master, and referred to mc for action in October last, were placed in the hands of R. W., Bro. W. E. Glenn, District Deputy Grand Master. 0

Bro. Clark stands charged with being a defaulter to the Rolla'School Board, of which he was Trcasurer, in a large sum of money, \vhich he had wrongfully and unlawfully, and without the knowledge of the Board, appropriated to his own use. Bro. Glenn reported the charge as based upon facts. ,

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Bro. Clark was suspended from the office of Worshipful Master, served with a copy of the charges. and summond to appear at this time, and answer the same. The papers connected with the c~e are herewith returned. Bro. Glenn was also requested to procure the attendance of witnesses and the necessary evidence in the case. The term of office of Bro. Clark having expired, he is now subject to the penal jurisdiction of liis Lodge, and believing that a proper verdict can be better obtained, and justice meted to the accused, I suggest that the charges be sent to Rolla Lodge for disposition by trial. , MODENA LODGE, No. 39. In pursuance of the report of committee on the reports of District Deputy Grand Masters, the charter of this Lodge was arrested by Bro. Thomas Kimlin, Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Master, under my directions, and, with the records of the Lodge, forwarded to the office of Grand Secretary. Lathrop Lodge, No. 330, and Malta Lodge, No. 337, having had new life infused into them, at their earnest request, and the solicitations of thelDistrict Deputy Grand ~Iasters of their respective districts, were allowed to retain possession of their charters; believing it was not the desire of this Grand Lodge to destroy any Lodge that showed determination to meet the requirements of the law in good faith.


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BORDER LODGE, No. 115. Work in this Lodge was suspended owing to the unsafe condition of its hall. The members manifesting no disposition to retain, or appreciation of its charter, it wali sent to me by R. W. Bro., Ritchey, and is herewith returned to the Grand Lodge from which it issued. HUNTSVILLE LODGE, No. 30, Held a regular meeting and transacted business during the session of the Grand Lodge, last October. This ought not to have happened in ligJit of the repeated action in such cases. The Lodge was required to do its work over again.

LIVE OAK LODGE, No. 128. On the 9th of :March, 1877, this Loelge met in special communication for the purpose of trying one of its members on the charge of" gross unmasonic conduct." The first specification under the charge was as follows: .< That on or about the 24th day of July, 1876, he being at that time agent of the United States Express Company, at Pleasant Hill, did receive a package of money addressed to a Brother Master Mason, and, ,vithout his kno"rledge or consent, did break open said packa,ge of luoney, and appropriate it to hi<i own use, as well as another package addressed to the same firm, and did repeatedly deny to said Brother that he had received said packages of money." The resident members of the Lodge had been duly notified of the time fixed for trial, and the accused, being present, announced himself ready for trial. The evidence produced amply sustained the specification and charge. The amount of money contained in one of the packages was ten dollars. The accused was found guilty of the specification. by a Yote of twenty-eight to nine; and not guilty of the' charge, by a vote of twenty-three to fourteen. Notwithstanding the vote on the charge, a ballot was taken on punishment, and the accused voted a reprimand, which the Master very properly declined to ad路 minister. ' The accused was acquitted of the charge, for the reason, it is presumed, that to be guilty of an offence amounting to grand larceny, was not, in the judgment of the Lodge, to be guilty of gross unmasonic conduct. . There was no necessity in this Cll.<ie for a vote on punishment after the accused had been declared not guilty of the charge. The conduct of some of the members during the trial was shameful. After a full and thorough investigation of the proceedings of the Lodge, and ascertaining the animus of a large part of the membership, I became satisfied that a new trial would ilOt rem.edy the outrage that had been perpetrated. The subject matter of the trial and the proceedings of the Lodge were as well known upon the street'S as if they had been officially promUlgated to the public. The Master of the Lodge and Bro. Love, the District Deputy Grand Master, recommended the arrest of the charter. Those who were disposed to do their duty could not counteract by their most strenuous efforts the evil and pernicious effects that followed and attached to the actions of the few" lewd .fellOWS of the baser sort" that had found their way into the Lodge. This stigma could not be allowed to rest upon the good name of Masonry. It was not my province to punish the guilty parties as they desen~ed. I could only arrest the charter of the Lodge, and leave the ~l Live Oak" a blasted, withered tree, without root or branch. The papers connected with this case are herewith turned over to the Grand Lodge. .

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ZEREDATHA LODGE. No.' 189. In May, 1876, charges were preferrcd against Brothers John Bittenger, Simon Adler and A. Furst, in Zeredatha Lodgc, No. 189, of St. Joseph, for conspirllcy to dcfraud the Government of thc United Stlltes out of large and divers sums of money, the rcvenue of said Govcrnment defined and prescribed by law, as a tax upon whisky, and other distilled, fermented and malt liquors, and for feloniously using the revcnue stamps of the United States in the manufacture, sale' and traffic of whiskies and other liquors.. The specifications being different in the case of Bro. Bittenger from tho~e of Brothcrs Adler and ]1'urst, the time for trial was set in July following. The accused being thcn in durance vile, a postponement was granted until November, at their request. In November thc trials were again continucd, but at the requcst of the Lodge, until January 23, 1877. Due notice had heen given to the residcnt membcrs up to the meeting in November, when only about eighteen were present and .advised of the last continuance. No regular notice was given for the trial in January. About fifteen mcmbers werc in attendance, out of a membership of eighty or ninety. The only evidence offered in the case was the transcript of the record of the United States courts, showing the indictmcnt, arraignmcnt, conviction and sentence of the accused for the same offences. Adler and Furst pleading not guilty, and Bittenger guilty, on their respective trials. This evidencc had bcen decided as competent by Bro. Cadle, to whom thc question of its legality had been rcferred. The accused offered no evidence in cxtenuation of thcir guilt and conviction. Notwithstanding this, the Lodge acqUitted them of the charge and specification~. The first information on the subject Wl~ from Bro. George Rces, 'Worshipful Master of the Lodge. Hc accounted for this action on the ground of the small attendance., During the progress of the trials. the Senior Warden left the Lodge, declaring the whole proceeding to be a fan~e. If the accused were not guilty, they deserved a bett.cr vindication of their character. It did not appear that the Lodge had performed it., duty, and I determined to give it another chance. The position was taken that the evidence WfiS only admitted on -the decision of Bro. Cadle, and as he had not reported it to thc Grand Lodgc, his decision was not binding as to thc admissibility of the evidence. A Bro. Master :i\1o.son, whose evidence was very important to the Lodge, had refused to tcstify, because he had already been pcrsecuted for his evidence before the courts, and he feared that he would again be the subject of the wrath ef the accused, and dcprived of his situation. In the course of my correspondence with Bro. Rees, I received a letter from him, in substance as follows: "Since writing you my letter yesterday -I have had talks with ~everal of our members, ill regard to our recent cases, and opinions seem about equally divided as to the justice of the finding. I do not find any who doubt the guilt of thc, parties undcr the law.~ of the land; well, I am too faSt. A few do doubt the actual guilt of thc parties, though they admit that under the statute they Illay be constructively guilty, for the ::;tatutes do hold a principal guilty, though the acts may have been committed by a subordinate, as is claimed was thc case of Adler and Furst. They contcnding that they did not personally commit the acts for which they were convicted. But it is ll.question with many of them whether an offence against the laws of the land is an offencc against ?lrnsonry. ::Lnd some of those who voted have expressed themselves to me, that thcy could not vote the partics guilty of a :Masonic offence any more' in violating the revenue laws than if they should neglect tD pay their taxcs of any kind. I, myself, am disposed to think-that a man's amenability to the statutes of the State is one thing, and to his Lodge another." I

New trials were then ordered, the Master directed to give notice to the accused and the members of the .Lodge. I decided the record evidence admissable, and gave the Master to understand that a verdict of the majority of the Lodge was wanted, not that of ll. f;.mall minority, and that his views, as expressed 'in the above lctter, could not be tolerated, and if the Lodge did not do its duty it would liot deserve a charter. It required an ollicial dec[sion to prevcnt the presence of the DC'Puty of the district being objected to. NotWithstanding tlds, the Deputy was notified that his official assistance would not be

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required. After another continuance on the part of the accused, the trials took place on the 27th of March, and when the vote was taken only thirty-one' of the members were present. The Master allowed the right of the Grand Master to order a new trial to be discussed, for the purpose, eVidently, on the part of the accused, to create the impression that the proceeding was without the authority of the law. The Senior Warden and other members of the Lodge were again permitted to leave before balloting; the Deputy, though present, was not called on for any advice or ~sistance, though the conduct of the proceedings evidenUy disclosed the necessity therefor. The case of Adler was tried first, and the other two,' Bittinger and Furst. were allowed to vote in his case, in the result of which they were directly Interested. Of course the accused were aquitted, but by a vote of twenty to eleven on the specifications, no vote being taken on the ch!lrges, as required by law. There were errors enough to justify the setting aside of the verdict. The whole proceedings demonstrated, to my mind, that the members were shirking their duty. That the views of many of tnem were heartily antagonistic to the tenets of Masonry. The idea that a criminal offence against the laws of the land is not punishable by the laws of Masonry, never has bcen and never will be tolerated by the spirit of our Institution. The first charge given to the initiate of the mysteries of Masonry points out his duty not only to God. his neighbor and himself, but enjoins upon him the patriotic duty of being true to his government and just to his country.

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The Lodge that will shelter within its sacred walls men who have justly been found guilty of feloniously violating the laws of the路land, and assert such false and heinous precepts as have been referred to, deserves no leniency. It is a standing menace to the good name and harmony of our Institution. Such sentiments are the outgrowth of those spirits that are inimical to the perpetuation of our principles. In the name of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, and of Free Mo.sons everywhere, I entered my so!emn protest against such doctrines, and arrested the charter of Zeredatha Lodge. The papers connected with the co.se are herewith submitted.

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PALMYRA LODGE, No. 18. On the 24th of May last, the follOWing ac1ion was taken by路 this Lodge, at a. meeting: "PALMYRA,

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"To the M. lV. lVardens and Brothers of Lexington Lodge, No. 149, A. F. &- A. M. " Permit me to call your attention to the preamble and resolutions found on the third page of this communication, and urge the adoption of similar resolutions by your Lodge.

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"Bro. - - - - has been too long and too prominently connected with the Grand Bodies of this Grand .Jurisdiction to need a.ny endorsement at my hands. Suffice it to say that at the earnest solicitation of his Brethern of this and other localities, he has consented to give up his profession and devote the whole o'f his time to the discharge of its duties, if the Brethren consent to honor him with the position. He is a ready writer, and one of the few men that will fill the office with credit to himself and honor to the Fraternity. " Truly and fraternally yours, JOHN W. DRESCHER,

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PALMYRA LoDGE, No.. 18, A, F. & A. M.,} PALMYRA, 1\10., May 24, A. L. 5877.

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" At a regular communication of Palmyra Lodge, held at their hall this Thursday evening', May 24, A. L. 5877, among other proceedings the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted: â&#x20AC;˘ . " WHEREAS, By the untimely death of our worthy Brother, George Frank Gouley, the office of Grand Secretary bas become vacant, and will have to be filled by an election at the next communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge; and "WHEItEAS, We regard Bro. - - - - as eminently qualified, by reason of his experience in the working of the Craft and bis familiarity \\'itb Masonic law, to discharge the duties of that office. Therefore, "Resolved, That the delegates from this Lodge to the next Grand' Lodge be instructed to Cllst the vote of this Lodgc for Bro. - - - - for the office of Grand Secretary, and to use all means consistent with Masonic propriety to secure his ejection. "Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions, attested by the Secretary, be forwllr,ded to the vario~s Lodges throughout the State. "TESTE, ~OHN W. DRESCHER, Secretary." This pllpet, under seal of Palmyra 'Lodge, was being scattered in unsealed envelopes over the State. Knowledge 'of its contents reached me on the 20th of June, and the Secretary wus immediately notified to cease this unmasonic labor. '\

The character of this document is unquestioned-its object equally plain. It was designed and put into usc as an electioneering scheme in behalf of a member of that Lodge. ' No snch action had ever before been taken in this jurisdiction. It was at war with and antagonistic to all the teachings 'of Masonr)', and coming as it did from a Lodge whose charter is antedated but by those of two other Lodges in this State, I deemed it my duty at first to order the arrest of its charter. Learning that these resolutions were passed by only twelve members, out ofa membership of one hundred and two, the order. was recalled before it had been executed. No valid and lawfUl excuse can be framed in justification of the course pursued by the Lodge. We can not permit for one moment the existence of a system of canvassing for office in our Masonic bodies. Recognize it, and you open up the fio09--gates for an evil that will sap the foundations of our Institution, destroy its purity and harmony, and make it a steneh in the nostrils of every good man. It is 0. matter of regret that the subject of electioneering for offic~ has to be brought to your attention. It is hoped that this Grand Lodge will take such emphatic action in the premises that no Lodge in this State will ever have the effrontery again to nominate a Brother for any office, much less to canvass other Lodges in his behalf. I feel confident that you .will resent, as an insult to your loyalty to principle and yqur Masonic intelligence, every attempt on ihis fioor and elsewhere made for or against the election of any Mason to any office.. Prompted by purer motives, the deserving make no claims to advancement other than by the record of their labors, while the designing spirits, to attract to them the snpport of the unwary, hesitate not to thrust themselves forward, even if it has to be don~ by vile insftiuations' against those who may stand.in the way of their selfish ends. Let the honors you have to bestow upon your members be above the reach of such contaminating influences-without money and without price. Let ,them be withheld from 'those who seek them by uny other emulation than that of who best c~n work and best agree. It is due to the Brother in whose behalf this action was taken to say that it was done without previous consultation with him, or any knowledge on his part that such action was con~mplated.


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GRAND LODGE INDEBTEDNESS. Initiatory steps having been taken by the Second National Bank to obtain judgment against the Grand Lodge for the alleged balance due from her as a stockholder in the Masonic Hall Association, under the double liability law, before leaving St. Louis, in October last, I employed Me.<;srs. Mason & Gorden, attorneys at law, to defend the interests of the Grand Lodge. The entire defense through our State Courts to be conducted by them at the very low fee of one hundred dollars, as per letter on file with Gra.nd Secretary. They were instructed to plead, as an offset, the note held against the Association for $3,49000, with ten per cent. interest from February 1, 1873. This offset was denied, and .the motion sustained against the Grand Lodge, and an execution ordered to issue from the St. Louis Circuit Court for $8,382 70. The execution was issued,and levy made upon the furniture and library of the Grund Lodge. Further proceedings were stayed under the execution until the matter could be referred to you for action. Necessary steps have been taken, if you deem it proper, to enable you to obtain the opinion of the Court of Appeals. . I have but little hope of any favorable result in the premises. The United States Circuit Court bas already passed up~m the liability of the Grand Lodge under the double liability law, and it may be better at once to make suitable preparations to discharge this debt. Prompt action is necessary. 'We must pay every just debt and present a clean' record. The Grand Lodge cannot afford to have unpaid judgments hanging over it. A special committee, I think, should be appointed to report, without delay, what action is considered proper.

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GRAND LECTURER. The report~of R. W. Bro., Allan McDowell, Grand Lecturer, is herewith submitted. He has helct some forty-eight Lodges of Instruction, besides visiting many of the Lodges. Hi::, report shows the compensation the various Lodges have paid him, which, though silent on the subject, was not mote than enough to pay his expenses. He has been a faithful officer in communieating the work, and to his cndeavors are we indebted for the great uniformity obtained. TIlE OFFICE OF GRAND SECRETARY. No more important nuty devolved upon me as your representative head than that which required me to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Bro. Gouley. A long acquaintance with the a.ffairs of this Grand Lodge, a life of unsullicd purity and intcgrity, an earnest zeal for Masonry, and knowledgoc ofits laws and principles, suggested the name of Past Grand Master John W. Luke, and he wa.'> appointed to the office of Grand Secretary and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence. For the manner in which he has discharged his dutie.'>, and the valuable aid rendercd me, he is entitled to my thanks. . It is this office that affords to the Craft at large an index to the character of the Masonry of Missouri. Its importance cannot be overestimated. and he who fills that office must be possessed of acquiremcnts beyond the ordinary average. To secure the serviees of a Brothcr who will not suffer this Grand Lodge to recede from its already established charaeter, th(~ Craft must bear in nvnd that the laborer is worthy of his hire.

,COMMITTEE ON ACCOUNTS. To prevent confusion. and to ascertain the correct status of accounts at the time of the decease of Bro. Gouley\ I appointed a committee ~ examine into the same, and report at


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this communication. The committee is composed of R. W. Brothers, Thomas C. Ready, William H. Stone and W. R. Stilbblefield, and their report is !Submitted, to be considered by' , and in connection with that to be made of the regular Committee on Account:;.

REPORTS OF DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS. Reports have been received from thirty-six districts. The condition of the Craft throughout the State is promising. The Lodges are turning their attention to the enforcement of the law, and the dIscipline being used, if faithfully carried out, will soon drive from ourmidst those whose conduct is repulsive to tlle tenet., of Masonry. The main source of disquiet and al1i1oyance is intemperance and non-payment of dues. A firm and just enforcement of the law is the only way to correct these evils. Especially should the records of the Lodges show that they are determined to diminish the deljnquency in payment of dues. Dues should not be allowed to accumulate. For the prompt and efficient action of the District Deputy Grand Masters. I acknowledge my indebtedness. I have endeavored, as I believed it to be my duty, to compel the recognition of these officers, by conducting my correspondcnce through them. In this way only can the heavy correspondence of this office be reduced. Believing that a model District Deputy Grand Master would be able to present a proper account of the labors and recommendations of others, R. W. Bro., Edward Spencer was appointed Chairman of the Committee on Reports of District Deputy Grand Masters, vice Bro. Luke.

CONCLUSION. I should prove false to the emotions that fill my breast did I fail to express my appreciation of the honor you conferred upon me when, by your suffrages, you caused me to stand upon this floor to bc hailed by the same title which you bestowed upon my father a quarter of a century ago-Grand Master of Masons. To maintain the honor and integrity of this Grand Lodge has been the aim of all I!lY official actions.' }<'or the errors I may have committed, I bespeak the charity of my Brethren, and render unto them my thanks for the kindness they have shown to me, the recollection of which shall ever be truly a source of joy and happiness. It has been said that a famous light-house off the coast of Cornwall, England, was first built by an eccentric genius, who, proud of its structur e, fr<jIl1 its balcony defied the storm. The night came when the sea swallowed up its tower and builder. It was built a second time of wood llnd stone, by another, who perished in the flames that destroyed it. Yet the third time it lifted up its head under the skill of the builder, who from the rock of the foundation took the stone of superstructure. Upon its lower course was inscribed, " Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it." And on its key-stone, abovc the lantern, the simple tribute, "Laus,Deo." And the structure still stands, holding its beacon light to the storm-tossed mariner.

The Temple we Rre erecting has for its foundation stone, "Trust in God." In faith, hope and charity, we draw from this foundation material for our superstructure, and so long as we shall labor with temperance, fortitude, prudence and justice, our building shall rise in wisdom, strcngth and beauty. In the perforl11ance of our work let us hold aloft the Great Light which cnables us -to seperate the good from the eVil, and may we lead our fellow men to the true knowledge and worship of Him who alone can "cause our feet to stand in an even place." Then shall there be said of it "The sun will no more be thy light by day, neither for brightness sh.all the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory." In the study of our ritual let us not forget that our work and influence must be felt beyond our Masonic halls. He alone earns for himself the


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the title of a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, that uses his light and knowledge not only to rest'raill but to call back his Brother from error's way, and to alleviate the woes and misfortunes of his fellow man. High upon the Rocky Mountains there blooms a little flower, light and graceful in form. Though the storms hover around it, come early and linger late, it refreshes the air with its perfume and fragrance. There is no place so bleak and barren, pressed by the foot of man, but there he may leave evidence of his kinship to the Great Creator, if he will only imitate the Divine example. Here and there he may scatter words of kindn~ss, love and sympathy, and by acts of mercy refresh with perfume even the last darkness that must come to the tired and worn spirit. If we would always be on the alert in the dark and by ways of earth through which we must travel, we may discove,r hearts bending before the cold winds and storms of adversity, into which we may drop the seed "whose bloom the world shall sec." Our laws may be without a flaw, the truths we teach and principles we hold perfect iiI their adaptation to the wants of man, hut without we put them to practical use our tenets of Brotherly LOve, Relief and Truth are meaningless words. Let us labor then that for each of us

.. There, shall ring in the world of bliss HIGH TWELVE!

When relieved from our work in this. H we've not lived our lives amiss, The M'aster shall call us there, Our immortal crown to wear; No more in earth's quarries to delve." XENOPHON RYLAND, Grand Master.

Which was, on motion by the Deputy Grand Master, referred t~ a committee of the following Past Grand Masters: J. D. VINCIL, S. W. B. CARNEGY, JO~EPH FosTER, S. H. SAUNDERS, J. H. TURNER, THOMAS E. GARRETT, SAMUEL H. OWENS, R. E. ANDERSON, JAMES E. CADLE.

. STANDING COMMITTEES.

The Grand Master announced the following Committees:

Sta~ding

Jur'ispruden<:e.-THOMAS E. GARRETT, JOHN D. VINCIL, J. H. TURNER, S. H. SAUNDERS,

S. W. B. CARNEGY, JAMES E. CARTER.

Grievance.-S. H. OWENS, R. E. ANDERSON, A. M. DOCKERY, C. W. SI,OAN, J. S. A1ofBROSE.

Lodges Under DispensaUon.-JosEPH S. BROWNE'IH. B. BUTTS, D. BAIRD, J. R. MIDDLETON,

S. N.

KERR, A. C. ,KENNEDY.

Chartered Lodges.-D. S..CROSBY,

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B. O.

AUSTIN,

H.

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Re]J01路ts of Distlict Deputy Grand TURNElt, J. C. SCHAl-:FER, J. lVays

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.hfasters.-EnwARD SPENCER, J. H. LAMPTON, J.

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B. VARDElI1AN, J. G. MIDDLECOFF.

and Means.-JAMES E. CAbLE, N. M. GIVAN, H. W. WINSOR.

Accoll~ts.-LEE A:

HALL, CHARLEsj F. VOGEL, H. W.

POCOKE.~

Lodge By-LaWS.-JAMF-S R. HARDY, WILLIAM L. TRIBBE, J. B. HENDERSON.

Charity.-G. L. FAULHABER, Z. S. MITCHELL, C. M. SHEAFE. ['njinished BusineBs.-G. W. WILSON, V. O. SAUNDERS, T. J. TYGARD.

At 12 :M. the Grand Lodge 'was called from labor until 3 o'clock P. M.

ST. LOUIS, Tuesday, Oct. 9,1877, 3 P. M.

The Grand Lodge was called to labor by the .Grand Master. Grand Officers in 'their several stations:

REPORT ON GRAND MASTER'S ADDRESS.

The Committee reported as

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To the .Most Worsh1:pjul Grand Lodge oj Missouri:

Your committee, recognizing the appropriate tribute paid to R. W. Bro., John Dove, of Virginia, as due to the labors of the deceased, and hi'S national reputation as a Mason, give it our hearty endorsement. \\'e heartily approve of the sentiments expressed by our Grand Master in his touching a.llusion to the tragic death of R. W.Bro., George Frank Gauley, and inasmuch as a Special Committee on Memorial, in connection therewith, has been appointed, who will report to this Grand Communication, wc deem further recommendation unnecessary. Past Grand 'Master William E. Dunscomb having died during the past year, we approve the just tribute paid to his worth by the Grand Master, and recommend that a memorial page of our proceedings be dedicated to his memory. Your eommittee appreciates the fraternal sentiment expressed in the communication from the Grand Lodge of Egypt, concerning the death of R. W. Bro. Gouley, and recommend that said document conveying such expression (it being in their native tongue) be framed and preserved in the office of the Grand Secretary.


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We rejoice in the renewal of fraternal relations between the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the Grand Lodge of Missouri, and recognize Thomas E. Garrett as their Representative near this Grand Body. WHEREAS, There has been a Grand Lodge formed in the Territory of New Mexico, in a constitutional manner, your committee recommends to this Grand Lodge a recognition of the same as the supreme Mwonic authority within its territorial limits, and recommends the passage of the foHowing resolution: Resolved, That the congratulations of the Grand Lodge of Miiisouri are hereby tendered to her young sister, wishing her a long life of peace, usefulness and prosperity, and that an exchange of Representatives be established.

Your committee approves of the action of.the Grand lIIaster in appointing Representatives near the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia and Utah. We recommend that the decision of the Grnnd Master be referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence. Your committee give an unqualified endorsement to the lofty sentiments utter(\d by the Grand Master in reference to the Holy Bible as the Great Light of Masonry, and earnestly recommend the thoughtful consideration of said utterances to the Craft throughollt this jurisdiction. Your committee approves the various acts of the Grand Master in granting special Dispensations for the purposes therein named. We also approve of the action of the Grand Master in permitting various Lodges to remove to new locations, and likewise ofbis action in ordering duplicate charters to issue to the Lodges mentioned by him. We recommend that that portion of the Grand Master's address in reference to the grant.iug of Dispensations, be referred to th~ Committee on Lodges Under Dispensation. We'Rgree with the recommendation of the Grand :Muster, that the case of Bro. E. M. Clark, latc Worshipful Master of Rolla Lodge, No. 213, be referred to that Lodge for action, the term of office of the accused having expired. .

We approve of the action taken in arresting the charter of Modena Lodge, No. 3a. Your committee approves the action of the Grand Master respecting Lathrop Lodge, No. 330, and Malta Lodge, 1\o.33V; also the action of the Grand Master in refereilce to Border Lodge, No. 115, in taking charge ofits charter. We approve of the action of the Grand Master in requiring Huntsville Dodge, No. 30, to do the work over again that ithad done at a communication of the Lodge, while the Grand Lodge was in session, last October. We recommend that the cases of Live Oak Lodge, No. 128, and Zeredatha Lodge, No. 189, be referred to the Committee on Grievance. We recommend that the matter ofthe issuance of a circular by Pa.lmyra. Lodge, 1\0.18, be referred to a special committee of three.

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We recommend that the subject of the Grand Lodge iridebtedness, referred to by t짜 Grand Master, be referred to a special committee of five .. The committee recommends.tbe reference of the report of the Grand Lecturer, Allan 'McDowell, and those of the District Deputy Grand Masters, to the Committee on District Deputy Grapd Masters.


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In coneludingour necessarily hurried report, your committee are gratified to learn from thc address of Grand Master Ryland that the Lodges are giving earnest heed to those important intcrests that ltl'e so well calculated to elevate the standard of -Masonary in this jurisdiction. ""Ve believe thc faithful enforcement of our laws necessary to the maintenance of the purity, moral character and perpetuity of our time-honored Institution. We recognize in the Grand "Master a representative of those laws, and his administration as vigorous, conscrvativc_ and healthy. We give our hearty endorsement to the sound and earnest views enunciated. Fraternally sllbmitted, JOHN D. VINCIL, S. ,\t.. B. CARNEGY, JOSEPH FOSTER, S. H. SAUNDERS, JOHN II. TURNER, THOMAS E. GAlmETT, SAMUEL H. OWEXS, R. E. ANDERSON, J. E. CADLE, Committee.

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SPECIAL COMMITTEES.

The Grand Master then appointed the following Special Conlmittees : On Palmyra Lodge Cil'e'lllar.-JAME8 Eo

CADLE,

On Grand Lodge Indebtcdness.-LEVERETT TEFFT and J. E. BARNES.

J. D.

ABBE

and M. A.

FYKE.

BELL, W. C. FORMAN, C. W. SLOAK,

J. E.

A memorial was -read路 from Palm;yra Lodge;- and referred to the Special Committee on same.

REPORT ON FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE.

BROTHER JOHN W. LUKE submItted bis Report on Foreign Correspondence, which was ordered printed with the Proceedings. [See Appendix.] -On motion of Brother WILLIAM R. STUBBLEFIELD, the Grand Lecturer was requested to exemplify the work of the First and Second Degrees, this P. l\:I., at 7: 30 o'clock. At 4 P. M. the Grand Lodge was called from labor until 7: 30 P. 1\1.


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The Grand Lodge was called to labor by the Grand Master,'路 Grand Officers in their several stations. Right Worshipful Brother ALLAN McDoWELL, Grand Lecturer, exemplified the work in the First and Seconq Degrees, assisted by the following Brethren: WILLIAM: R. STUBBLEFIELD Acting Senior Warden. l\!OSES ELy......................................................... " Junio!' Jlt'arden. JOHN !II. 'VIRTS... " Senior Deacon. JAMES FITZPATRICK......................................... " senior Steward. J. W. FOLEy .......;................................................. " Junior Steward.

At 1.0 o'clock the Grand Lodge was called from labor until. to-morrow at 2 P. M.

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SURRENDERED 'CHARTERS.

The Grand Secretary reported that he had received the surrendered Charters of Silent Te'mple Lodge, No. 433, and Triangle Lodge, No. 479, which were accepted by the Grand Lodge, and the District Deputy Grand Masters of their respective districts ordered to send in, at once, to the Grand Secretary the books and e:tl'ects of said defunct Lodges.


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EGYPT RECOGNIZED. SPECIAL REPORT OF COl\llIlITTEE ON FOREIGN CORRESPONDEKCE. WHEREAS, The Grand Lodge of Egypt has been recognized in accordance with the fraternal advice of our late Bro. George Frank Gouley, andhas di,<>carded all work except in the'three degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry; and . WHEREAS, Our deceased Brother had expressed himself satisfied that she was entitled to recognition; therefore, in the name of Bro. George Frank Gouley, we beg leave to submit the following: . Resolvcd, That the Grand Lodge of l\Iisso~lri does hereby recognize the Grand Lodge of Egypt, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, as the supreme Masonic authority, having exclusive jurisdiction over Symbolic Masonry in the territory claimed under her Constitution.

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Resolt'cd, That we extend the right hand of fellowship to said Grand Lodge, with fraternal wishes for her peace and prosperity, and that an exchange of representation be tendered'to her through the Most Worshipful Grand :Master. JOHN W. LUKE, Chairrnan.

REPORT ON JURISPRUDENCE.

Committee reported a~; follows-adopted: To¡ thc Mo.~t Worshipful Gmnd Lodge of lofissouri:

The Committee on Jurisprudence having reviewed4the decisions and rulings of the Grand Master, submit the tpllowing report thereon: The Grand Master, during his official term, has been called upon to traverse almost. the whole field of our fundamental law, usage and jUris~rudence,in order tosettlequestions constantly arising among the Craft, and doubtless destined to arise again and again in the course of Masonic work and the conduct of :!>laSonic business. Nothing can be more clearly laid down than are the general principles of our law in our books. These serve as unerring guides to correct results in the solution of almost every quel>-tion that could present itself to a Lodge, if the officers and members would only read the law for themselves. But Masonic questions have'a habit of taking on infinite varIations 1I1 circumstances and details, rendering it necessary to refer them to the Grand Master for his judgment and adjustment according to law. Hence it comes that we have every year a considerable list of rulings and decisions (many of them covering special cases), which are simply Ilnd solely re-affirmations of the organic laws of Masonry, and the fundamental principles of our own Grand Lodge code. It is but natural that after years of such current annual legislation some confusion should result. The special cases, which seem to call for a discretionary construction of the law to meet them, are the stumbling blocks. The Grand Mast()r has found some of these, and has removed them by recurring to long established principles, as .the only harbor of safety. Profiting by his practice, let us abolish "special cases," and stand fast upon the

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solid foundation of general :Masonic government. Ind'ividual hardships, if they are worked by the operation of law, are nothing in the scale against the universal good for which the law was made.

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In his various rulings and ~.e,cjsi0It,s, the Grapd :Master has generally expounded the terms of our written law, and maintained the integrity of our usage upon the subjects llnd questions involved. In some cases he has had to deal with new complications, and has construed and amplified the law according to its spirit and purpose. In no instance has he violated It Masonic principle, but has, throughout, conscientiously and ably done his work, part of which is submitted to the inspection of the Grand Lodge in the following

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FIRST. When charges intervene after the reception al).d reference..of a petition ,for affiliation, it is illegal for the Lodge to receive a report upon such petition, or allow a ballot to be taken thereon, until the charges have been finally disposed of by the Lodge. This decision simplifies the duties and a good law.

of the Lodge in the premises, is correct in principle, SECOND.

The subject of" physical qualifications" comes up in some quarter of 'the jurisdiction regularly every year. It is here the loss of an eye, there of a finger or two, and somewhere else It thumb. or even an arm or leg. It also bappens that those persons who have been sa unfortunate as to lose a member or a limb llre good men, and their fricndc; think it unjust that they should be deprived of the privileges and benefits of Mac;onry through an accident for which their m9ral character is in no way responsible. This is a question which must tJe met and' adjusted on a basis of common sense, to be either just or generally satisfactory; and our forms and rituals furnish the key to such a solution. The original object of many of our forms of initiation was to place a bar against the admission of anyone who had not the free and unhampered use of all his limbs.. Ability to conform to our ceremonies implied that he was also able to make his own living, and not be a burden on the Order; and, if need be, to render, bodily assistance to a Brother in distress, These conditions were exemplified in the rule: "We should make no man a Mason who is not upright in body, or who is deformed or dismembered at the time of making, but he must be of hale and entire limbs, as a man ought to be," which was affirmed by our Grand L'odge, in 1850. It has been necessary to construe and apply this rule to individual cases from year to year, and men have been ruled out for the lack of an eye, and admitted when their defect wa.c; the loss of one or two fingers of the left hand. A strict construction of the old regulations would, doubtless, exclude all physical or mental defects that arc apparent. Let us construe the law and-usage at once, and for all, according to the forms and ceremonies of initiation, making them the infallible test of bodily and mental qualifications, by reaffiming the rule of 1871: "Ability to conform literally to the ceremonies of initiation into the several degrees, meets the ancient qualifications of ' sound in mind and member.' " This rule can work no unjust ostracism, and it is underiitood by all Masons. adopted

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'THIRD. ,No one can act as an installing officer\vho ha.<; not'been tegularly installed into thc' office of Master of a Lodge. The right of installing the . officers elect 'helongs to the Master; and in his absence, the Senior'Wardcn; though for the tiine being Master, cannot' act as installing officer; unless he be an'aetual Past Master. I

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Wilen 0. member has in his officiai capacity become indebted to the Lodge, it is lawful' for the Lodge tD withhold his dimit until such indebtedne<;s is settled satisfadorlly to the Lodge, either through 'charges and trial, or otherwise. This decision is an amplified statement of the rule that a member cannot be dirnitted until he has settled all his accounts with the Lodge and is clear of the books. It is approved. FIFTH. The records of the Lodge must show when its members 'are dimitted, and the dimit dates from the time it, is ordered to 'be entered of record, at which time the rights and privileges of membership cease. The dimitted membe,r c&nno~, by failjlre to ll$k for the: certificate of dimission, be continued,as a member, and I;Ilember!,hip can only be regained by reb'11lar petition. It was necessary to put' this self-evident fact in the form 'of a decision, and it is submitted for formal approval.

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SEVENTH. The subject of" mixed funerals" has come up again for discussion and adjudication. The question present~d to the Grand Master is thus stated:

"Can a Lodge of Masons, when requeSted 'to conduct the funeral ceremonies' of ~ deceased Brother, who was also a member of other non-masonic associations, share with such associations the right of appointing pall-bearers, 01' allow them to psuticipatC in the ceremonies at the grave?" The Grand Master argues this question in the true Masonic spirit; the ground h..e takes is eminently sound, and his conclusions are just. The impreg-nable stronghold of the argument is that in the whole conduct of funeral ceremonies the Lodge is at labor. It is , not" called-off" for the procession from the Lodge room to the g,rave and return, as many have supposed, but is at work in open Lodge. Now it is well known that we do not, and cannot, permit non-masons to participate with us in the proceedings and work of the Lodge. It is equally well known that, according to our law, Masons cannot turn out in

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pUblic, unless they have certain specified work to do, and have sole charge of that work. So far as funeral services are concerned, the Lodge cannot perform them at all unless it takes sole and absolute charge. This is unbending Masonic la,,;. Under its inflexible operation no question of courtesy can arise, whether another association shall be permitted to unite with us in the funeral services of a deceased Brother, cOJiducted according to Masonic forms. The question at issue is, whether we can permit a non-masonic association to unite with us in thc performance of :Masonic labor, as another jurisdiction which has had to wrestle with this subject has pointedly put it. This view of the case is endorsed by our Grand Master, and the argument irresistibly led him to the following decision: " In the burial of a deceased Brother by a Masonic Lodge, or in the performance of . other Masonic labor in publiC, the control by the Lodge must be ab~olute, n.nd, while the Lodge is exercising that control, no non-masonic association shall be permitted to participate. This, of course, does not exclude religious exercises by ministers of the Gospel, nor does it prohibit non-masonic associations from following in the procession, and thus t€stifying their respect for the dead." Which rule is approved, and made the law of this Grand Lodge.

EIGHTH. When, on a trial for non-pa)'ment of dues, the delinquent pleads inability to pay in mitigation of such neglect, and the·plea is sustained by an acquittal, such acquittal doe.~ not discharge him from the debt of dues then owing, andCollstitutes no bar to subsequent proceedings for the non-payment of all dues in which the member is indebted to the Lodge. Due$ (',annot be remitted by implication. To remit dues the action of the Lodge' must be direct on proper motion. This deci:;ion establishes a rule of strict justice between the Lodge and its delinquent members, and is approved. NINTH. The record of a criminal court, shOWing indictment, conviction and sentence of the accused for the same offence for which he is being tried by the Lodge, is legal and competeilt evidence against the accused, and must be admitted at his Masonic trial. Your committee approves of the Grand Master's decision in the special case which this ruling was made to cover. TENTH. When the charter of a Lodge has been arrested by the Grand Master, the rights, privileges and jurisdiction of the Lodge are not destroyed, but remain in abe~'ance until the Grand Lodge passes upon the arrest. Justice to the Lodge requires that all it~ rights should remain intact. Therefore it is improper for dimi!S to be granted to members of the Lodge, and illegal for any other Lodge to receive the petition of a profane livingwithin the jurisdiction of the Lodge whose charter has been arrested, until such action , is confirIned by the Grand Lodge. The "iews are correct a.nd the decision is approved.


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ELEVENTH. The disability imposed by subdivision eight, section one, article twenty-three, Constitution 187,fJ, }Ipon persons convicted of any infamous crime, is removed by pardon, unless ~xpressly excepted'by the terms of the pardon, and such restored persons are com~tent Masonic witnesses under our law. Approved. TWELFTH. The law regulating the office of District Deputy Grand Master requires the Brother appoint€d to such office to be a present or Past Master of this jurisdiction. While residence in the district is necessaI1', Lodge membership therein is not required. If, after appointment to his office, the District Deputy Grand Master dimits for the purpose of gaining Lodge membership in his district, it is not necessary that he should be re-commissioned after such object is attained. Should he remain non-affiliated from any cause, he cannot hold the office, and his successor must be appointed; nor can he exercise the duties of the office of District Deputy Grand Master while d~mitted. Decision approved. THIRTEENTH. The Grano :Master was called upon to'read to a Lodge a lesson of economy of its funds, which he has reported for the general benefit. A Lodge accumulated a good round sum of money, and felt rich enough to celebrate one of it., birthday anniversaries with It feast. A motion was made to appropriate one-half of the funds of the Lodge for this purpose, while half the expenses or the banquet were to be borne by private SUbscriptions of the members. The question arose upon the duty of the Ma..,ter in putting or refusing to entertain such a motion, and while the Grand Master was 'willing to allow the Lodge the largest liberty in the disposal of its own funds for l\'1asonie purposes, he felt it his duty to put the brakes on improvident· action and diverting MasoniC funds into wrong channels, by the following decision, wilieh this Grand Lodge approves: " T'he Master is the custodian of the property of the Lodge. He is responsible for it, and should not allow it to be wasted. Acting in this capacity, he not only has the right, but it is his solemn duty, to refuse any and all motions for the improper usc of the funds of the Lodge, according tD his best judgment. "

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The Grand Ma.ster ably argues a question that has sprung up between two conflicting Decisions in reference to the dismission by the Lodge of resident and non-resident Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts. The inharmony of the two Decisions was leading to trouble, and the Grand Master, to put an end to it, suggests that the Decisions of 1870 and 1875 be repealed, by express terms, and that Decision number one hundred and fifteen, of 1871, be reaffirmed, as follows: " A Lodge may grant a certificate of dismission, by an unanimous vote, to its Entered Apprentice or Fellow Craft, which is equivalent to a dimit or waiver of jurisdiction. If refused, the Brother cannot demand a trial." The Committee on Jurisprudence is requested to define the meaning of the words "in advance," added to'section one, article six, subordinate Lodge By-Laws, and, also, whether or not the addition of these words is contrary to the spirit or letter ot' the Grand Lodge law. And, further, at what time a Lodge, having a By-Law requiring dues to be paid in advance, can proceed against a member for non-payment of dues. In short your committee are asked to deft.ne when dues are due.


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We arc of opinion that Lodge dues are not due until thcy accnlc-that is, at the end of the Masonic year-no inatter what regulation a Lodge may have for collecting its dues. Thcre is no objection to its collecting dues in advannce, if 'the members are willing, to pay,. but a Lodge cannot'exercise acts of disciplinc for collecting dues in advanc.e. If a member's annua-l dues remain unpaid at the end of the year, thc'Lodge may proceed against him for non-payment of dues, as provided by law, without waiting for a year's dues to be a year over due, but it cannot add to his bill of indebtedness to the Lodge a year's dues in advance. ' , , Fraternally submitted, THOMAS E. GARRETT, S. W. B. CARNEGY, S. H. SAuNDERS, , JOHN H. TURNER, JOHN D. VINCIL, JAMES E. CARTER, COlnl1iitlee.

DUES REMITTED OF LODGES COMPOSING THE NEW GRAND LODGE OF NEW' MEXICO.

On motion of Brother SAMUEL H.OWENS, and the written . ~equest of the Grand Lodge of 'N ew Mexico, the dues of - those Lodges that joined iu..the organization .of s.aid Grand Lodge are hereby remitted for tile currerityear.

ACTION ON CUBA POSTPONED.

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'FOREIGN REPRESENTATIVES.

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REPORT . ON LODGES UNDER DISPENSATION. ,

The Committee reported as: follows-adopted: To the Most WorShipful G-rand Lodge oj Jfissouri:

Your Commitwc on Lodges Under 'Dispensation wo'4.ld resp(ictfiIlly submit' the following report: \Ve have examined the records of the following Lodges, and recommend that charters be issued them, as follows: Paynesvi~le Lodgc Robert Burns Lodge Buckner Loctge Philadelphia Lodge Wyaconda Lodge Kaseyville Lodge Jameson Lodge Strafford Lodge

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The record of Ropert.Burns Lodge isdeserying of special m,ent,ion, as being neatly written and correct in every particular. Thc record of Payncsville Lodge \vas also found correct. The records.of t,he l?ther Lodges are jn the ~ain correct, bt!-t urc defectivc.iil some particulars; and we recommend that thc District Dcputy 'Grand :Masters instruct them, more fully, and see that they.are corrected before setting them to work. The rceords of Defiancc Lodge, at Defiance, Worth Count.y, ure illcorrert and incomplete in' almost c'vcry' i'espect,' find \ve should' judge from' their examination that the ''''orshipful :i\laster alld Sccrc,tary did not read the law, and had never received allY instructions. We recommend that the Dispensation be continued, and'the ))istrict Deputy Grand Master visit them per.sonaUy, see that the errors are corrected, and givc them full instructiolls for future guidance. The records of Martinsville Lodge, 楼artinsville, Harrison County, have not been before your committee, not having been received bythe Grand Se,cretl1ry. The time having expired by limitation, and no reason appearing to your committee for the failure of thc Lodge to comply with the law, we cannot recommend that 11 charter be granted, or the Dispensation continued.

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Of the applicati6ns presented for Dispensations, we would recommend that the following be. refused, as the law of the Grand LodgE' ad9P,ted in 1875 (see foot of page eighty-seven), has not been complied with, viz: for Lodges at Brumley, Miller County, to be named Bmmley Lodge. , Island City, Gentry County, to be named Island City Lodge. Township of Meremac, St. Louis County, to be named Meremac Lodge. Lorraine, Harrison County, to be named Lorraine Lodge. We also decline to recommend a DispensatiOJ~ for a Lodge at Oxford, Worth County, to be named Oxford Lodge, as it is disapprove~ by the District Deputy Grand Master. We would recommend that Dispensations oe granted the following: Havanna Lodge Civil Bend Lodge Hallsville Lodge

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The endorseme11ts are fuIl and correct in every particular, and we believe the interests of Masonry in their sections will be advanced by granting the Dispensations asked for. Your committee heartily approve the action of the Grand Master in refusing a Dispensation to the Brethren of the late Daviess Lodge, No. 116, at Gallatin, Davie.~s County; and, inasmuch as the indebtedness of said Lodge is still existing, and no effort, since the arrest of the charter, has been made to liquidate the same, we would recommend that they end~Lv.9r to effect 11 settlement satisfactory to the creditors of the-Lodge, and once more resume in Lodge capacity their relations to this Grand Body. Respectfully submitted, JOSEPH S. BROWNE, H. B. BUTTS, DAVID BAIRD, J. R. MIDDLETON, S. N. KERR, A. C. KENNEDY, Committee.

REPORT ON CHARTERED LODGES.

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Your Committee on Cha.rtered Lodges would respectfully submit the following report: We have examined the reports of all the Lodges received to date and submitted to us by the Grand¡Secretary. . ' We find the reports of the following Lodges correct: Nos. 1. 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 2.'), 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31,32, 34, 35, 36,40,41,43,45,47,48,49,50,51',52,53,55,56,57,59, 60; 61, 67,68,69,70,71,73, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79,82, 8i, 87, 89, 91. 92, 96, 107, 111, 113, 114, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 123, 124, 132, 134, 136, 142, 143,144,145,147,153,154,1.56,157,160,162,163,164, 167,168,170,172,17:3,174,175,177,178,179, 180,182,183,184, 18G, 192, 195,'197, 198, 202, 204,-207, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 218, 224,


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225,226, 228,229,233,231, 235, 236,237,238, 212, 243, 244, 245, 248, 249, 2..'iO, 253, 2.54, 255,2.")7,258, 259,260,261, 262, 26~;26.4; 267, 268, 271, 272, 27Ci, 276,280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 283, 286, 287, 288, 289, 291: 293,295, 296, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303, 305, 306, 308, :m, 312, 315, 317, 320, 322, 323, 324,325, 327, 329, 331, 338, 339, 340, 343, 344, 345, 352, 3.54, 3-~5, 356, 357, 359, 360, ::luI, 362, 363, 364,365,366, 3G9, 370, 371, 372, 373, ::l74, 375, 376, 377, 378, 380, 382, 383, 381, ;~89, ::l90, 39:~, 397'401.,402,404,406,408,411,412,413,415,416,417, 419, 420, 424, 428, 430, 431, 433, 4:)4, 4::l;), 437, 438,439,441,442,443,444.445,446,447,449,451,452, 456, 458, 464, 470, 471, 472, 473, 474, 475. 480, 48:1, 184, 487, 488, 489, 490, 494.

The following not authenticated with the seal of the Lodge: Nos. 4,14,44,83,115,1.29,1.30,131,135,141, 155, 176, 19a, 196, 200, 206, 221, 223, 227, 239, 240, 241,2::>1,266,269,278,279,307,319,335,337,346, 349, :350, 381, 387, 391, 403, 40.), 414, 418, 422,42.1,434,448,455,459,460,461.,469,481,492.

Names of some of the officers omitted: Nos. 46, 110, 133, 3G7. Not alphabetically arranged: • Nos. 11,37,42,58, ii, 80, 81, 8:>, 102, 103, 10;:>, 122, 12::>, 140, 1.48, 149, 150, 1.51, 155, 16;), 169, 181,194, 199,200,201.,205,208,21.7,220,230,246, 247, 2.51., 256, 265, 294, 309, 328, 335, 341, 342,. 348,3-')1,353,387, 392, 39;;, 400, 405, 410,414,425,426,448,4;)3, 4.57, 459,462, 476,481,482,492, 493.

No date of charter gi"en : ' I Nos. 86, 97, 98, 11.2, 122, 130, 146, 1;:>2, 388, 391, 39;:>, 400, 427. Not signed by the-Worshipful Master: Nos. 152, 326, 335, 385. Not signed by the Secretary: Nos. 152, 38;:>. Members suspended subsequent to September I, deducted from the Grand Lodge dues in error: No. 188. Incorrect recapitulation: Nos. 83, 86, 99, 100, 104, 139, 148, 152, 21)9,270,292, 314, 319, 330, 333, 358, 3Gt, 39·1, 396. 471'. 477, 48fi. 492,495,497.

No recapitulation: Nos: 2.30, 326~ , No time of meeting given; Nos. 33, 103,137,230, 231, 333. No postoffice address; No. 246. Error in date; Nos. 130, 368. In the matter of Hogle.~ Creek Lodge, No. 279, referred to' us, we would recommend that the Grand Lodge dues for the present year be remitted, as petitioned for, said Lodge' having lost its hall, furniture, jewels and ,seall by fire. In the matter of Border Lodge, 'N9. 115, referred to your committee, we recommend that the :;\fost WorshipfUl Grand Master restore the charter of said Lodge and consent to its removal to ~outh Wcst City, in accordance with the petition, whenever he becomes satisfied said Lodge has secured a safe hall. . .. Fairvie,\' Lodge, No. 4·17, sends in its charter partially destroyed and asks that Ii duplicate be issued. We recommend that the request be granted, and would suggest that in future proper care be taken by the officers of said Lodge to preserve its charter. We are surprised to notice that the Worshipful Master of Hannibal Lodge, No. 188,


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"claims that they cannot flay due.sformcmbers 'Nho are not to be found or will not pay :dues to them.,' It is ,in the ,power of the Lodges to purge their rolls of all such m~mbers, 'and if they delay action upon the subject until it i<; too'late to present their returns clear : of their names up, to September 1, they cannot have the benefit of their numes b~ing deducted from. the list of members for the current year. 1,:-

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JAMES STANNARD, .1: J. DILLI~GER. JAMES :M. WILCOXSO~, W.,M. 'WILLIAMS, J. D. ABB;E, JOHN 11. WILLIAMS. WILLIAM H. CARPE~TER, Cornrni1tee.

REPORT ON SUBORDINATE BY-LAWS.

Committee reported as follows-adc;>pted : To the .Host Worshi})fgl Gmnd Lodge oj M"isso1Lri: ' : ( -. J.

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"The fee for conferring the Entered Apprentice degree ~hall be fifteen dollars ;, for the Pellnw Crllft, ten dollars, and f0r the Master Masop degree, five dollars."

.St~ike路outsecond word on eigth -line from top of page, in section twO, article six, and substitute the word "may " therefor. Fraternally sUbmitted, J.'R. HAIWY, WILLIAM L. TRIBBE, J. B. HENDERSON, Committee.

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The Committee on reports of District Deputy Grand Masters beg leave to submit the following report: We have examined the reports from thirty-six districts, as follows: Nos.l, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, la, 17121,23,25,26,29,30,31,32,33, 34,35,36,38,39,42,43,41,45,48,49,50, and the following is a synopsis of the details: One hundred and twelve Lodges own their own halls. Fifty-one Lodges owe $100 and upwards. Fifty-six Lodges have money in ~xcess of $100.' Three hundred and one Lodges are in goodeonditioll. Three hundred andone

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21, not havibg held u' meeting for six months, and appearing to De in bad condition, we \vould 'recommend that ,the' District Deputy Grand Master visit tlle, Lodge and use every effort to get them to attend properly to their Masonic duties. In District

,In same District, Putnam Lodge, No. 190, has a very poor hall, and we would re~om. mend a change. In District i\o. 36, the District Deputy Grand Master recommends that the charter of Index Lodge, No. 277, be arrested, and, as we have every confidence in his jUdgment, we endorsc his recommendation. The following Districts have sent no 'reports. Nos. la, 11, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 27, 28, 3i, 40,41,46 and 47.

E. SPENCER, J. A. H. LAMPTON, JOHN H. TURNER, J. B.. VARD]~MAN, 'J. C. SHAEFER,'

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To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Musow'i:

Your committee, to whom was referred the report ofRight Worshipful Grand Lecturer, Bro. Allan McDowell, would respectfully report that we find he has faithfully performed his duties, and that the Craft have been greatly benefited. E. SPENCER. J. A. H. LAMPTON, JOHN H. TURNER, J. B. VARDEMAN, J. C. SHAEFER, J. G. MIDDLECOFF, Committee.

Following the adoption of the above report, it was proposed to publish the several reports of the District Deputies in the Proceedings. This being impracticable, it was resolved to appoint a committee to publish a condensed view or abstract of all the reports of the Deputies. Such committee was not appointed through some oversight. An examination of the reports has r.onvineed the Grand Secretary that such abstract could not be made to do justice to the Deputies. Their reports are, for the most purt, statistical. If any publication should be made, it must embrace the entire reports, which would be very expensive, or so abridge them as to destroy their value. The committee above have reported about all that could be condensed from the reports of Deputies by anyone else, . hence-the·omission·of·artything further. GRAND SECRETARY.

REPORT ON TRANSPORTATION.

The Committee reported as follows-adopted: To the ],[ost WOTship!1tl Grand Lodge of Musouri.·

Your Committee on Transportation would respectfully report that they have made arrangements with the railroads to return Reyresentatives to this Grand Lodge for one. fifth fare; and with the Keokuk Packet Line for one·third fare. Fraternally SUbmitted, JOHN R. PARSON, J; A. H. LAMPTON, E. SPENCER.

GRIEVA.NCE.

Committee reported as follows-adopted: To the J[ost WOTs1lil)ful Grand Lodge of Missouri.'

Your Committee on Grievance have examined all the cases that have been referred to them, and beg leave to submit the following report: I


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NUMBER I. JOHN HANEl, 1!8.

SULLIVAN LODGE,

No. 69.

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Appeal from the decision o.f the Lodge ex.pelling him.

The specifications in this case 'charge the accused in a clear and accurate manner with disclosing his ballot, and threatening to black-ball any candidate who might be recommended by a certain Brother. He is also charged with giving the sigas of Masonry in saloons and other public places. The charges and specifications were full and complete, in fact, stated with great precision. The trial was properly and, apparently, impartially conducted. The Lodge found the accused guilty, and expelled him. The evidence justifies the finding and sentence of the Lodge, and we cannot find in the record any reason to reverse the judgment. Let the judgment of the Lodge be affirmed.

NUMBER II. R. W.

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CHILLICOTHE LODGE,

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Appeal from the decision of the Lodge expelling him.

The specifications in this case charge the accused with fraud of sevcral kinds, falsely altering fee bills, and falsely making claim for goods alleged to have been lost at' a tire. This last spccification is tbe only one on which be was found guilty by the Lodge, and on this he was expelled. From this jUdgment the accused has appealed. The evidence on this specification shows that the hom;e of the accused was burned, and his furniture destro~¡ed. The furniture was insured, and in making claim for the loss he included a parlor suit in full, when he had stored two chairs belonging to the suit at a furniture store, and they had been sold. The accused admits that such was the case, hut that it was an unintentional omission on his part. We cannot see from the evidence that there was an~' fraud in the omission, and the cvidence developed a case that seemed more like the adjudication of fire loss for an insurance company, than an ordinary trial in the Lodge. Our Lodges must not be used for the trial of civil cases, and this Grand Lodge has, on many occasions, directed its subordiuates to, refrain from exercising a jurisdiction that properl~' belongs to the courts. There is absolutely nothing in this specification or the evidence calling for trial in the Lodge. Let the judgment of the Lodge he reversed, and Bro.-R. W. Goldsby be reinstated to . his rights and privileges as a Mason.

NUMBER III. This is the transcript of a trial had in Liberty' Lodge, No. 31, on charges against William W. Everett. There were some irregularities in the trial, but the evidence shows that substantial justice ,*as done in his expulsion.

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Notice was given by a Brother in the Lodge that he would appeal to the Grand Lodge, but no appeal has been taken, and, therefore, there is nothing in the case calling for, the action of this Grand Lodge.

NUMBER IV. SA)I{jEL

M:. ELLIOTT VS.

IO:KIC LoDG!':'.

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Appeal from the decision Of the Lodge expellinghim ..

The speCifications in this case' charge the accused with defaming the Lodge. and proclaiming that the Lodge' held clandestine meetings. Also, with accusi'ng the Brethren with knowingly and wilfully lying concerl~ing him. Thc specifications do not advise the Brother of the language used, the Brothers against whom it was used, the time or the place of the using, to whom spoken, or anything 'in connection with the charge that is reasonably or rcmotely definite, so that he might prepare his defense, This Grand Lodge has so repeatedly held that the accused has'a right to know with some.reasonable precision the nature of the charges against • him, that it is now ullllecessary to argue the question. L€t the judgment of the Lodge be reversed, and the ease be remanded for a new trial, with direction to the .:Ma~~~ to~8;ye ~h<:~harges amen.ded and made definite. L€t a copy of the amended charges, with a notice of the time and place of trial, be served upon the accused, as is provided by law, and we suggest to the l\laster to comply with"the plain and simple rules adopted by this Grand Lodge for the government of trials.

xmmER.V." O. CAR.'>TARPHEN, tlS.

ST. JOHN'S LoDGE,

No. 28.

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Appeal from decision of the Lodge suspending 'V. O. Fr_A YEL!"

The specifications in this case charge with preci~ion that the accused absconded and deserted his family, and left them in a destitute condition. The testimony, we think, sustains the charge, and warranted the Lodge in its findings and sen.tence. The sentence ~as suspension for ten years. , We think, however, as a matterofI-odge practice, that where the evidence justifies the, suspension of an accused Brother for ten years, that he ought to be expelled outright. However, this is a question that belongs to the Lodge it"elf to determine.

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The Brother brings the case here b~' appeal, and assigns a number of reasons therefor, aU of which are technical and unsubstantial. One is curious-to wit: ThaF the Master of the Lodge was permitted to testify on the trial. The record shows that the counsel for the Lodge called upon the J\:laster to testify in the case. The :Ma."ter called the Sen'ior Warden to the chair, and testified in the trial. We ean see no error in this. If the Master has knowledge of a fact pertinent to the issue 011 trial, the Lodge or the accused should not be deprived of his evidence, simply because he is Master. Such a proposition is not tenable from any standpoint of Masonic jurisprudence.' The record in this case shows a strict compliance with the rules of ti-ial, and we cannot discover any substantial error in the whole proceeding. I-et the jUdgment of the Lodge be affirmed.


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APP, from the decision of Lodge suspending J. H. RIGG. , '

The accused in this case is charg-cd with certain licentious conduct. He was tried by the Lodge, found guilty, and suspended for six months. This Brother appeals because

he thinks the punishment is too light.

We ,have carefully.examined the t{lstimony, and we think till: Lodge was justified in

the conclusion at which it arrived.

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The trial was fairly and correctly conducted, and we ca;1 see no good reason to disturb the finding. Let the jUdgment of the Lodge be uttrt;l~d.

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BRO.

The specifications in this case charge the accused with habitual intoxication, and also with making improper use of signs and words when drunk. On the latter specification there was not 1~uch evidence. 011 the first we think the evidence sustained the charge. The SecrctaIJ' adds a note that the Itccused has thoroughly reformed. This, we presume, account" for the vote of the Lodge in declaring him r~ot guilty. It would have been better for the Lodge to have, found him guilty un<lcr the evidence, and assesscd his punislJ~ment at a reprimand. 13\1t, inasIllllch ItS he has reformed. we will not reverse the case. For th'ese reasons let the judgment of tile Lodge be affirmed.

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WHEEUl"G LODOI>,

No. 434.

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Appeal from decision of Lodge expelling PETER P. PEUGH.

This case is a rehearsal of a purely business transaction, or, rather, of several business transactions. It should never have found its way into the Lodge. After rending thi5 massive pile of manuscript, we find that the Lodge found Bro. Peugh gllil~' and expelled him. The evidence discloses no good state of feeling between one of the witnesses and the accused. The accusedis charged with sa~'ing bad things about this witness, but we fail to find any evidence' as to declarations of the acc\1sed agaillSt the wit~1ess that were nearly as reprehens~ble as the langUage used by the witness against the accused whilst' testifying in the case. After sifting aU the evidence to the bottom, and throwing out the volumes of stuff that somebody had said about somebody else, and that 'fom had told Dicl', and Peter had heard from Paul, that a rumor had been in cireulation, Which, if true, made things look

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awful, we find that the accused was the administrator of an estate, and as such had a note against the witness that he wanted to collect, and it wll;snot exactly convenient for the witness to pay. Another specification stated that accused had bought a house and moved it off some land on which somebody had a deed of trust, and it was thought this was wrong. We build court-houses in which to settle matters of business differences that parties are unable to adjust between themselves. Lodges were not intended.as a theatre for such controversies, and if this committee were to pass on this case from the evidence before it, we would find that Bro. Peugh was no more to blame than the other parties, one of whom was not a Ma1;on. But we have no business to meddle with this thing, and neither had the Lodge. Therefore, let the judgment of the Dodge be reversed, and the whole proceedings of the trial against Bro. Peugh be declared illegal and void.

NUMBER IX. M. L. CHAPPEI,L,

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Appeal from decision of Lodge D. HAMILTON.

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This is a case of considerable importance, and eleven Brethren join in taking the appeal to the Grand Lodge. The specifications charge the accused with abandoning his wife and family without cause, and refusing to prOVide for them. The evidence shows that the accused and wife had lived together for twenty-one years before the separation, lind had children nearly or quite grown. A few years ago the accused went to California, lind Oil his retum he became jealous of his wife, and accused her of infidelity to him. Like every man who becomes a victim of jealo\lsy, the accused 'distorted every look and' act of his wife into a signal to a paramour to meet in criminal intercourse. He fanned the flamepf his suspicion, and gave it fuel, until, no doubt, he became a wretched and miserable man. He even accused the Brethren of his own Lodge, in a general way, with criminal intimacy with his wife, but never named any particular person in the Lodge as the guilty one. The evidence shows the wife to be a woman of good character, and, not· ,yithstanding the fact that there are forty-eight closely written folios of evidence in the case, there is riot a single act proven on the part of the wife that would· raise· a sllspicion in the mind of UllY reusonable person of infidelity to her husband in the slightest degree. He admits the abandonment of his wife and family, and sets up his wife's infidelity us the cause, which, if true, would be sufficient, in our estimation. But the whole tIling is a miserable failnre. The accused in his own testimony could not give a single instance of a. doubtful act of propriety on the part of his wife, unless we are to consider a woman untrue to her marriage vows when she speaks politely to a clerk in a dry goods store. Another specification charges him with saying that he W~ not much of a Mason, and ifhe had known as much about Masonry before he became one as he did afterwards, he never would have been a Mason. We think the evidence fully sustains this specification, with the addition that no good Christian could be a Mason." , II

A majority of the Lodge voted the accused guilty, but they had not the necessary twothirds. We cannot see how the minority can justify their course in voting not guilty under this evidence. We think the evidence fully sustains the charges, and we agree in this with the majori,ty of the Lodge. For these reasons let the judgment of the Lodge be revcrsed, and the cause be remanded to the Lodge for a new trial.


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LODGE, No. 380.

} Appeal from the' decision of the Lodge suspending him.

The specifications in this case charge the accused with obtaining money by fraud and imposition; also with habitual drunkenness. There was not sufficient evidence, in our opinion, to warrant the Lodge in finding him guilty on the first specification, but there was enough to raise an inference of his complicity in the fraud. An ex parte affidavit of one Littleton was introduced and read in evidence. This was wJ;ong and contrary to justice in any sense, as the accused had no notice of the taking of the same, nor WllS he aware that it had been taken until introduced in evidence. But the evidence on the second specification was sufficient to warrant the finding and judgment of the Lodge. There were some irregularities on the trial, but they were not such as to prejudice the rights of the accused. Neither were they objected to by the accused, or made points in his appeal. He was found guilty, and suspended ten years. We think substantial justice has been done. Let the judgment of the Lodge be affirmed.

NUMBER XI. OBED HOTTSCLAW '1.'8.

DARDENNE LoDGE, No. 124.

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Appeal from the decision of the Lodge â&#x20AC;˘ expelling him.

The specifications in this case charge the accused with insulting the Lodge pUblicly in the prescnce of "profanes." The evidence shows that therc was a celcbration and dinner by the Lodge, which the accused refused to attend, and, whcn asked for his reason, he said that he did not want to eat dinner with two men who nad swindled him out of $1,100 or $1,200; that.it WllS hard at his age, when too old to wor~, to lose that money by these men. This answer was made to a Mason, but in the presence of some parties who were not Masons. We do not know any law in Masonry that compels a man to eat dinner with a party when he don't want to; nor do we know of any law that prevents a man from answering It question when it is propounded. We regard this trial, and the expulsion of the Brother by a vote of only eight members, as a farce. The record does not show that the members were notified, according to law. of the meeting of the Lodge for the trial, and, there being. but eleven members present, we cannot presume that notice 'was given. Let the judgment of the Lodge be reversed, and Bro. Hottsclaw be reinstated to his rights and privileges in Masonr)--.

NUMBER XII. This is a memorial, or it might be termed a charge and specifications, sent by Bro. Thomas W. Mitchell, from Owensboro, Ky., against Bro. D. C. Kennedy, of Solomon Lodge, No. 271, located at Springfield, in this State. The same charges were preferred G. L.-PRO 4.


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against Bro. Kcnnedy in his Lodge, and on the trial he was acquitted. No appeal has been taken from the decision of the Lodge, and its judgment, when no appeal has been taken, is final.'

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Bro. Kennedy is not the Master of a Lodge, and is therefore amenable to his own Lodge. It has never bcen thc custom of this Grand Lodge to exercise primary jurisdiction in such cases. We can see nothing in the memorial and C11ll.rges caliing for the action of the Grand Lodge.

NUMBER XIII. BENJA}flN L. HICKMAN VB.

KIRKWOOD LODGE, No. 484.

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Appeal decision of the Lodge acquitting BHO. FRANK JEWSEN.

The specifications in this case charge the accused with committing adultery, and pretendin~ to a young.lady that he was a' single and unmarried mun, when in fact he

was married, and thereby induced her to commit adultery with him. The girl committed suicide, and an inquest was held

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The record shows that the Junior, Warden offered to introduce the testimony taken by the Coroner at the inquest. The accused objected, and the Master sustained the objection. The Junior Warden had no other testimony to offer, and the accused was acquitted. The question for us to decide is as to the ruling of the Master in excluding the testimony offered. The testimony is not before us. The Secretary should have sent it up ,,,ith the proceedings, so that we could have seen its relevancy. 'Ve are, however, of opinion that if the testimony was pertinent to the issue, and was properly. authenticated by the officer in whose custody it was, that it should have been admitted. We understand outside the record that the' testimony contained the dying declarations ofthe victim. Hthis is true, there can be no doubt about its tLdmissibility. These proceedings before the Coroner are official, the evidence taken is under oath, and we have frequently held that such records could be used in evidence at Masonic trials. . Let .the jUdgment of the Lodge be reversed, Ilnd the case be remanded for a new trial, with directions to the Master to admit the evidence offered, provided it is pertinent to the issue.

NUMBER XIV. This is the petition of James M. Boswell, asking this Grand Lodge to reinstate him to Masonic life. lIe was expelled in the year 1872, by Twilight Lodge, No. ]14. Last June the same Lodge refused to reinstate him, and he now presents his petition to the Grand Lodge. We have carefully considered the petition, and have conferred with the representatives of Twilight Lodge, and are satisfied that his reinstatement will produce discord in the Lodge. We therefore recommend that the prayer ofthe petitioner be rejected.

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No. 216,

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RISING STAR LODGE,

No 145.

In this case it appears that Granby Lodge presented an account for some $lOi 05 against Rising Star Lodge for supplies furnished Bro. Gilbert Benson, a member of the last named Lodge, whilst he was sick and in destitu.te circumstances, and also for funeral expenses on his death; that during the time the account accrued, and up to Bro. Benson's death, he was residing within the jurisdiction of Granby Lodge. Rising Star Lodge refused tQ pay the bill, alleging its inability to do so, and it further appears that said Lodge d!lring the time the account accrued, not only did not request of Granby Lodge the assistance rendered, but expressly informed the latter that it could not aid 'the destitute Brother for lack of means, etc. Whilst it must be admitted that the conduct of Granby Lodge in rendering the assistance referred to was most praiseworth)' and commendable, and in full accord with the spirit of Masonry, and whilst also it is very desirable in cases like the present that the Lodge whose member has been cared for should, ifat all practicable, reimburse the Lodge which has kindly come to the relief of a worth)" destitute Brother, at the same time we cannot say that Rising Star Lodge should be by the Grand Lodge compelled to pay this bill. It is suggested that questions such as are involved in this case should be settled between the Lodges concerned without seeking the interposition of the Grand Lodge thereon, if possible. This decision is arrived at under the peculiar circumstances of this particular case, and is not intended as a precedent for Lodge practice. As stated before, we think the Lodge to which a Br<lther belongs should ordinarily reimburse another Lodge for rendering assistance to its members, and we hope Rising. Star Lodge will do so in this case.

'NUMBER XVI. ZEREDATHA LODGE, NO.1S9. Your committee have given this case such consideration as our limited tii:ne would allow, and, after overhauling a wagon load of papers, failed ro lind any official statement of the Secretary as ro the proceeding"s of the Lodge on the trials of Brothers Adler, Furst and Bittinger. We find the statements of R. 'V., J. R. Hardy, Distriet Deputy Grand Master, and of Bro. ,J. W. Boyd, the attorney who represented the Lodge at the trials. From these it appears that the only evidence offered on the part of the prosecution was the record of the indictment, pleas, verdict and judgment of the United States Court against the defendants, and the United States statutes, under which the)' were indicted and convicted. Among other evidence offer~d, on the part of the defendants, was a printed pamphlet, purporting to be the t€stimonyadduced at the trial in Jefferson, City, said to have been taken from a stenographer's report of the same. As ro how this was certified it is not stated, but prominent members of other Lodges in St. Joseph, who were present at the trial, and who have been before your committee, claim that it was properly authenticated. The defendants, Adler and Furst, claimed that they were improperly convicted, and that the testimony, if examined, would show it. Bro. Bittinger claimed that he had been induced ro plead guilty by his atrorney, William P. Hall, in view of the fact that a fellow who had turned State's evidence would swear any way to convict him, and that it would be much lighter punishment if he pleaded guilty. They all contended that under the United States laws they were held. responsible for the acts of their employees, while they


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were personally innocent of any offence. We find among the papers a letter from our deceased Bro., George Frank GOlIley, to the Master of this Lodge, touching this case, in which he says: "I can perceive the difficulty a Lodge labors under in finding a verdict. Some hold that a man's amenability to the statutes of the State is one thing, and to his Lodge another; for instance, a member connot be tried for rebellion to his country, although a Lodge, as slleh, cannot encourage him in it (see old charges), nor CU"il it try a man for not paying his gas or water tax, or making false returns to the assessor of taxes, etc., so that a man may plead guilty in Lodge trial to these offenses against the State and yet his Brethren Illay vote him not guilty on Masonic charges. At least such is the ground held by many leading Masonic jurists, and it is not to bf wondered at that members may be in doubt as to how to vote. As for myself, I should be governed entirely in my vote according to the circumstances and evidence in each particular case." These views are correct, and we can well see how, where the testimony before the court in the cases was ruled out, and the parties contended that in a Masonic trial they could not be held responsible for the acts of their employees, good men and true mig-ht have hesitated to vote guilty, or voted not guilty. If the printed copy of the testimony was properly certified, it should have been admitted, as in the opinion of your committee the record of an indictment and conviction is not conclusive, but only prima fade in a :Masonic trial. We doubt not, could the Most Worshipful Grand Master have found it coilvenient to go to St. Joseph and preside at the trial, the result would have been very different, and the Lodge have been ~aved the mortification of the arrest of its charter. We agree with the Grand Master, that" the idea that a criminal offence ~ainst the laws of thei.land is not punishable bv the laws of Masonry, never has been, and never will-be, tolerated by the spirit of our Institution," and where the evidence shows the party guilty of a violation of the criminal law of the land, he should no longer be permitted to enjoy the endorsement of our Order as " a moral and upright man." There were irregularities in the trial of these cases, all of which neither time nor space Willllllow us to designate, but they are sufficiently marked in the correspondence and address of the Grand Master. One of these, however, your comml!tee feel constrained, in view of the peculiar character of the charges in these cases, to express an opinion on. It has been held by this Grand Lodge that the mere preferring of charges against a Master :Mason does not affect his 'status or rights as a Mason, and· that he is presumed innocent until his guilt is proven. In the light of this decision it was, we presume, that two of the parties accused were permitted·.to vote on the verdict as to the other. Had they' been charged with different characters of offence, then, on the v.ote as to the guilt· of the one first tried, the others would have had the right to vote; but in this case, where they were all charged with being parties to the same offence, to wit: a conspiracy, we think the evidence should have been taken in all·three of the cases, the defendants then requested to retire, and the vote taken on the guilt and punishment of them seriatu1n. Believing that there are "good men and true" belonging to Zeredatha Lodge, whose errors in these matters were of the head and not of the heart, in view of all the circumstances surrounding the case, we would'recommend that the charter of Zeredatha Lodge, No. 189, be and the same is hereby restored; that the proceedings of said Lodge in the trial of Brothers Adler, Furst and Bittinger be set aside and held for naught; that the dimit issued to Bro. Adler, in the face of the prohibition of the Grand Master, be declared null and void; that a new trial be had in said cases ofter proper notice to the defendants, and they dealt with as the" good name and fame" of our Craft demands. We are pleased to state that the District Deputy Grand Master concurs with us in· recommending the restoration of the charter, and expresses the 'hope that the Grand Master may find it convenient to attend and preside.

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NDfBER XVII. LIVE OAK LODGE, NO. 128. We have carefully reviewed the documents presented to us in connection with the action of the Most Worshi路pful Grand Master in arresting the charter of this Lodge, and fully endorse his action in the matter, and are satisfied it would be "for the good of the Order" to let the quondam" Live Oak" remain a blasted and withered tree. We therefore recommend that the charter of Live Oak Lodge, No. 128, be not restored. 'l'hat so soon as a sufficient number of "good men and true" in that loculity shall obtain a Di~pcnsation for a Lodge, the proceeds and property of said late Lodge be turned over to such new Lodge, and that no dimits be granted to any of the members of said Live Oak Lodge by the Grand Secretary, unless by permission of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, in writing. This ends our report. It is a long and tedious one, and has been attended with con路 siderable labor, as we have carefUlly read the records and evidence in all the cases, 'and now fraternally ask the concurrence of the Grand Lodge in our report. Fraternally submitted, SAMUEL H. OWENS, R. E. ANDERSON, A. M. DOCKERY, C. W.SLOAN, J. S. AMBROSE, Committee.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

The Committee reported as follows-adopted. To the Jl[ost Worshipful Grand Lodge of Missouri: Your Committee on Unfinished Business report that upon examination of the report of the official proceedings of this Grand Lodge at its last annual communication, they find a report due from the Committee on Jurisprudence, on the questions of territorial jurisdiction, and the complaint arising out of the failure of one Lodge to reimburse another for assistance rendered a sick Brother. [See page twenty-eight of Proceedings.] . . They also find a report due from the Committee on Purchase of Grand Lodge Hall. The committee consists of Brothers Joseph S. Browne, Lee A. Hall, Noah l\L Givan, William H. Stone and James E. Carter. The committee at the last annual meeting- did not think it advisable to report at that communication. [See page fifty-three of Proceedings.] They also find a report due from Special Committee on Widows' and Orphans' Home. The committee consi~ted of Brothers James E. Drake, S. C. Bunn and Elias Scofield. By their request, at the last regular communication, the report of the committee was continued until the present time, and Brothers Thomas E. Garrett and John D. Vincil were added to the committee. [See page sixty-two of Proceedings.]

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They also find in the Proceedings of 18i4, their attention having been called to it, that an appeal was taken by G. W. Wolfskill and others against Alexandria Loa.ge, No. 385 (in the ease of W. S. :Foster), in which no proper record was forwarded, and the order was made by the Committee of Greviance for the Lodge to send up a d~ly certified record of the action complained of. Your committee can find no further record of the case, and the Brother, who was tried and acquitted, has demanded his dimit. We recommend that some disposition be made of the case. Lastly, we find a report due from Bro. Samuel H. Owens, on Incorporation of Lodges. Fraternall)' submitted, GEORGE W. WiLSON, V. O. SAUNDERS, F. J. TYGARD, Committee.

On motion of BRo~ SAMUEL H. OWENS, it was ordered, that the action of Alexandria Lodge, No. 385, in acquitting' BRO. W. S. FOSTER, in 1874, be and the saIQ.e is hereby affirmed.

BOARDS OF RELIEF.

The St. Louis and Kansas City Boards of Relief submitted annual reports, which were orde~edprinted with the Proceedings~ [See Appendix.]

EDMPLIFICATION OF WORK.

On motion, the Grand Lecturer was requested to exemplify the work in th~ Third Degree, this evening.

~DUES

OF ZEREDATHA LODGE REMITTED.

On motion of Brother J. S. BROWNE, the dues of Zeredatha Lodge were remitted for the current year.

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ANNOUNCEMENT.

The Grand Master announced that the special order of business' for to-morrow morning, at 8: 30 o'clock, would be the report of the Memorial Committee on the death of Right Worshipful Brother, GEORGE FRANK GOULEY, late Grand Secretary. At 6 o'clock P. M. the Grand Lodge was caUed from labor, until 7: 30 P. 1\1.

ST. LOUIS, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1877, 7 ~ 30

P. M.

The Grand Lodge was called to labor by the Grand Master. Grand Officers in their several stations. Right Worshipfql Brother ALLAN McDOWELL, Gran~ Lecturer, exemplified the work in the Third Degree, assisted by the, following Bret"bren : Senior Tl'arden. Junior lVarden. Senior Deacon. Senior Stewm路d. Junior SI.e-uJard. Junior Deacon. also Brothers THOMAS C. READY, WILLIAM DOUGLAS, and MICHAEL W. EAGAN. WILLIAM R. STUBBLEFIELD Acting STEPHEN R. 路POTTER.............. " JOHN M. WIRTS ,................................ " JAMES FITZPATRICK........................................... " JAMES W. FOLEy ,... " CHARLES F. ALDEN............................. "

At 10 o'clock the Grand Lodge was called from labor until to-morrow, at 8: 30 A. 1\1.

ST..LOUIS, Thursday Oct. 11, 1877,. 8: 30 .A. M. The Grand Lodge was called to labor by the Grand Master. Grand Officers in their several stations.


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SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS.

Report of Memorial Comrpittee.

ANNUAL

[See Appendix.]

ELEC~ION.

The hour having arrived for the annual election of officers, the Grand Lodge proceeded to the performance of that duty, with the following result, Brothers W. H. STONE and M. A. FYKE acting as tellers: M. R. R. R. R. R.

W. W. W. W. W. W.

GRAND MASTER DEPUTY GRAND MASTER SE};"IOR GRAND WARDEN JUNIOR GRAND WARDEN GRAND TREASURER GRAND SECRI<:1'ARY

THOMAS C. READY, of St. Louis. NOAH M. GIVAN, of Harrisonville. JOSEPH S. BROWNE, of St. Joseph. WILLIAM R. STUBBLEFIELD, of St. Louis WILLIAM N. LOKER, of St. Louis. JOHN D. VINCIL, of. Mexico.

VISITATION.

Most Worshipful Brother, THOMAS H. BENTON, JR., Past Grand Master of Iowa, was introduced by Brother LEE A. HALL, and received in due form. At 2 .P. M. Grand Lodge was called from labor until 3

ST.

LOUIS~

Thursday Oct. 11, 1877, 3 P.

P. M.

M.

The Grand Lodge was called to labor by the Grand Master. Grand Officers in thei~ several stations.


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REPORT ON PALMYRA LODGE CIRCULAR. To the ],[ost Worshipful Grand IAdge of ]'fissouri:

Your special committee, to which was referred that portion of the Grand :Master's address which relates to the circular issued by Palmyra Lodge, respectfully reports: We have carefully examined the matter referred to us, both the address of the Grand Master and the memorial presented for' our consideratio~ by Palmyra Lodge, and do heartily and unequivocally endorse and commend the sentiments expressed by the Grand Master upon the subject of electioneering for office by Masons, either as individuals or as Lodges. We thinl, the Craft can be safely entrusted with the selection of officers, Without a resort to any electioneering scheme of any kind, and no such practice can, for a moment, be tolerated. We deem the action of Palmyra Lodge, issuing and having- circulated the circular referred to in the Grand Master's address, as contrary to Masonic usag-e. And to the end路 that a repctition of it may not occur in this jurisdiction, would recommend the adoption of the following resolution: ' Resolved, That electionecring fqr office in this Grand Body is contrary to Masonic lL.."llge, and is hereby prohibited. I

Fraternally submitted, .T. E. CADLE, .T. D. ABBE, M. A. )"YKE. Committee.

On motion, the above was adopted.

GRAND LODGE INDEBTEDNESS.

Committee reported as follows-adopted:

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To the Most TForsltipful Grand Lodge of Missouri:

Your committee, to whom was referred the matter of the indebtedness of the_Grand Lodge, beg leave to submit the following report: It appears that upon the 12th of April, 18iG, a judgment was rendered in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, in favor of the Second Kational Bank, and against the Masonic Hall Association, for the sum of $12,342 09, and costs. This judgment bears interest at the rate of eight per centum per aunum, and was obtained \.1pon bonds of the Association, held and owned by the bank.

An execution was duly issued and returned unsatisfied. and thereupon proceedings by motion were institut{)d against the Grand Lodge of 1.'lissouti, as a Rtockholder in the Masonic Hall Association, for an execution against it under what is known 11.<> the" double liability clause," of the State Constitution, of 1865. These proceedings resulted in an


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execution being awarded the Second National Bank, against the Grand Lodge, upon March 13, 1877, for $8,382 79, and costs. And we here remark, that this sum is the extent of the liability of the Grand Lodge as a stockholder in saie! Association, it (the Grand Lodge), haVing paid indebtednes..~ growing out of the same matter, in another proceeding, amounting to about $1,700. . upon the order of the court, of March 13, 1877, an execution was issued, and placed in the hands of the Sheriff, under which he proceeded to levy upon the property of the Grand Lodge, in the Secretary's office, consisting of books, pictures, etc., and said property is now held under said levy. Your committee have had under consideration the question whether it is advisable to further litigate this matt.er, and the conclusion reached, is, that it is not. By the charter of the Masonic Hall Association, the Grand Lodge was empowered to become a stockholder therein. The constitutional provision, imposing a double liability upon stockholders, was adopted in 1865. The subscription in question was made by the Grand Lodge in 1867, with full knowledge of the obligation incurred b)路 it thereby. The force, effect and application of the constitutional provision, and the laws passed pursuant thereto, have been settled by repeated judicial decisions in this State, adversely to stockholders occupying a similar position to that of the Grand Lodge in this matter. And it may also be added, that in this proceeding, the Grand Lodge was defended by able counsel, Messrs. Mason & Gordon, who persistently, though unsuccessfully, urged every point in its favor. In view of these considerations, your committee are of opinion that there is no hope of reversing the order of the Circuit Court. Accordingly, we have addressed ourselves to the question of providing for the payment of this debt. The discharge of ones obligations is a part of the Masonic creed, and this Grand Body, in our judgment, ought not to allow a creditor to remain unsatisfied, if, by proper exertion, his demand can be met and extingUished. Conferring with the attorney's of the bank, we learn that the following arrangement can be made. The bank will release the property and recall the execution, and take no steps to enforce the delnand, if three thousa-nd dollars. be now, paid to it, and three thousand dollars in one year, and'the rema.inder of the indebt.edness, with interest, in two years. BelieYing it to be entirely practicable for the Grand L.odge to carry out this plan, we recommend its adoption. Fraternally submitted, J.JEYERETT BELL, JOHN E. BARNES, C. W. SLOAN, JONATHAN E. TEFFT,

W. C. FOREMAN, Committee.

On motion, the Grand Master was authorized to carry ou t the above report and recommendation.


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MASONIC路 HALL PURCHASE.

The Committe reported as follows-adopted: To the ],fost Worshipful Grand Lodge of ~tisSOltTi: Your committee. appointed at last meeting of Grand Lodge, to report some plan of fiction for the consideration of the Grand LOdge, looking to the purchase of Masonic Hall. beg leave to suggest, that, in view of our present legal complications, no action be taken in the premises at the present tithe. Fraternally submitted, JJEE A. HALL, JAMES :E. CARTER, N. :M. GIVAN. Committee.

REPORT. OF SPECIAL.COMMITTEE ON BOOKS AND ACCOUNTS. FREEMASONS' HAI.J" ST. ~O~~IS, October 1, 1877.} A. I.., ::>SII.

Jlost WOl'shipfut'Xcnophon Ryland, Gl'and Mastel' oj the Grand Lodge, A. F. & A. i1f., of the State oj ]rIi..~soUTi.路 BROTHER.-Your sub-committee, to whom was referred for examination the books of accounts of our late lamented Grund Secretary, Bro, George FrankGouley, would respectfully report that they have performed the duty assigned them, and find the accounts correct. The eash balance, after deducting salary due, being in hands of Grand Treasurer, Fraternally submitted, WILI;IAM H. STONE, THOMAS C. READY, WILLIAM R. STUBBLEFIELD,

Committee.

REPORTS OF GRAND SECRETARY AND TREASURER.

The following reports were read, and referred to the Committee on Accounts: To the ."lost Worshipfttl Grand Lodge oj Jti8.~ouri.' In presenting this report of the business of the office of Grand Secretary, it may be well to notice that the accounts are made up for the whole year, without any perceptible hiatus on account of the vacancy created by the unfortunate death of our esteemed Brother, George Frank Gouley, ~~ight Worshipful Grand Secretary.


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Those who are familiar with office business can understand the difficulty of taking up the threads of work suddenly broken by the unexpected decease of an incumbent, tracing them back to a point where they will all accord, from which the several details can then be carried out methodically. The ability to do this successfully will depend upon the manner in which affairs have been conducted, and the well known systematic manner in which our late Bro. Gouley kept up the routine of his official duties, contributed much to the result of the business of the office being continued without any interruption of consequence, and for assistance in the routine work of the oflice with which he was very familiar, the writer is indebted to Bro. \Villiam H. Mayo, Assistant Grand Secretary, as WCllllS to members of the Craft, for due allowance made by them for any remissness in duties so suddenly assumed.

REPRINT.

o

The work of collecting, binding and printing the Proceedings of the Grand Lodge was completed during the life of Bro. Gouley. One copy bf same has been sent to each subordinate Lodge, one to each present and Pa.c;t Grand Officer, one to every Grand Lodge, and there Ilre about 350 copies on hand, subject to the disposition of the Grand Lodg-e. There was g'reat demand for this book among members of the Craft, and a ready response to the calls for it would soon exhaust the supply. ~ Dispensations were issued by order of the Grand Master.

January 12. 1877.-To Robert Burns Lodge. Gainsville, Ozark County. Hiram B. Gibbs, Worshipful Master; Jacob B. Winger, Senior Warden; Robert P. Ellison, Junior Warden. Sent to Bro. p. F. Dennis, Henderson, Webster County. . July 26, I8i7.-To I;aynesville Lodge, Paynesville, Pike County. Richard T. Hawkin, Worshipfnl Master; James Cooper Bradley, Senior Warden; Byron D. Woodsoil, Junior Warden. Sent to District Deputy Grand Master. April (), I877.-To Buckner Lodge, Buckner, Jacli:son County. Samuel W. Hudson, Worshipful Master; Andrew J. Becker, Senior Warden; Edmond R. Lee, Junior Warden. Sent to W. E. Whiting, ~istrict Deputy Grand Master. January 23, 1877.-To Jameson Lodge, Jameson, Daviess County. Henry T. Wynn, Worshipful Master; George P. Allen, Senior Warden; J. II. Miller,. Junior Warden. Sent to W. D. Patterson, District Deputy Grand Master. Commissions were issuedhy order of Grand :Master. January 23, 1877.-To Dean D. Duggins, Marshall, Saline County, as District Deputy Grand Master for Thirty-ninth District, vice W. D. Chandler, resigned. April 18, 1877.-To James \V. Robertson, of Ozark, Christian County, as District Depnt)路 Grand Master of Twenty-ninth District. May 22,. 1877.-By order of Grand l\faster. commlSSlOn was issued to R. W. Bro., Rt. Hon. Lord Inverurie, as Representative of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, near the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Scotland. Sent 'through R. W. Bro., D. Murray Lyon, Grand Secretary, Edinburg, Scotland. May 22, 1877.-By order of Grand Master, commission was issued to R.'\,\,. Bro., Robert D. Clarke, as Representative of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, near the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia.

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April 11, 1877.-Received charter, inventory and effects, of Modena Lodge, No. 39., May 8, 1877.-Received charter and books of Live Oak Lodge, No. 128. May 9, 1877.-Received charter, records, etc., of Zeredatha Lodge, No. 39.


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May 15, 1877.-Received books of Unity Lodge, NO.9. May 23, 1877.-Received aprons, jewels, etc., of Modena Lodge, No. 39. July 24, 1877.-By ordcr of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, a duplicate charter was issued to Spring Hill Lod~e, No. 155, at Spring Hill, Livingston County, dated June 2, 1855. Willis Griffin, Worshipful Master. A. B. D.l\1artin, Senior Warden', R. Conklin, .Junior Warden. Sent to Bro. R Barney. District Deputy Grand Master.

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FINANCIAL. Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer, October 10, 1876 Receipts from the following sources: Dues from defunct Lodges 1873 ' 1871 1875 1876 1877 路 Dispensation fees : Cha,rter fees

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Tota1. Total in hands of Grand Treasurer Disbursements

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Balance in bands of Grand Treasurer

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$6,434 19

65 1250 3500 36300 3,672 00 9,636 70 390 00 ' 24000 $24

$14,37385 $20.80804 9,959 17 iiiiiiiiiiiiiii

$10,84887

DISBURSEMENTS. Grand Lecturer, for 1876 Grand 11:aster, J. E. Cadle, expenses Grand Tyler extra expenses Postage, Grand 1Iaster Ryland Dispensation fees returned, (2) Rent Printing Proceedings Oration of Bro. Foreman 'Postage on Proceedings Expenses. Past Grand Master Duncomb Reprint of Proceedings ; Postage on reprint Grand Secretary ~ Attorney's fees, J. S. D. Dryden, in. full " Gordon & Mason Expenses in suit Second National Bank Portraits of Grand Masters, (3) Dues returned to Vandalia Lodge. U. D Insurance on Library Cleaning office and repairing furniture Grand Lecturer, for 1877, on account. : Expenses in 1uneral of Bro. G. F. Gouley Postage

:

; : ~

,

:

.. $1,000 00 .. 5000 . 15000 .. 10 00 . 5000 . 6000 . 600 00 . 1,190 00 .. 6750 .. 100 00 . 29652 .. 1,~83 00 . 9000 . 3,000 00 ; .. 500 00 .. 5000 . 5000 .. 12000 .. 1400 .. 6250 . 38 2fi .. 500 00 '33 40 .. . 150 90

~~;~:~:~s~~~.~~~~~~~~:::::::::~.:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::~::::::: Loan account refunded Total.

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35855

34 55

200 00 $9,959 17


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It seems to be necessary to reiterate the remarks made by our late Bro. Gouley, in his Report for 1875, relative to the dilatory habit of so many Secretaries in sending in their returns. . It must be obvious to those who will give the matter a moment's thought, that dining the week or ten days between the 1st of October and the opening of the Grand Lodge, there is enough work to do without having valuable time taken up in entering returns and receiving money, which might, in nearly every instance, have been. sent in two weeks sooner. Those Representatives.who have been faithful in requiring the Secretaries of their Lodges to send returns in prior to the middle of September, and those whose Lodges are fortunate in having prompt business men as Seretaries, have a right to complain, if, when they come here to attend the Grand Lodge, they tind the Grand Secretary so much engaged in the receipt of returns and dues, from those who have been negligent, that they are unable to have matters of consequence to them attended to.

All returns that were received before the路 1st of October were examined, and any errors or omissions were reported at once to the Secretaries; whenever answers were received, the returns were corrected. All returns received after 11>t of October, and also those which were reported as incorrect, and errors not rectified by the Secretaries, went into the hands of the Committee on Chartered Lodges, upon their merits. All papers in relation to app~s were forwarded at once to R. W. Samuel H. Owens, Chairman of Committee on Grievance. The financial statement herewith submitted includes all receipts up to this date, for which purpose it has been delayed as long as possible, as the tabular statement published in the Appendix will be footed up, and should correspond with the receipts herewith reported. Receipts after this date will, of necessit~', only appear in a separate list, lind be so published in the Proceedings. In the Appendix will also be found the list of Lodges in arrears for dues. All which is respectfully submitted.

Grand Secretary. ST. LoUIS, October 11,1877.

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REPORT OF GRAND TREASURER.' WILLIAM N. LOK;ER,

GUANDTREASURER,

In account with the !tE. W. Grand Lodge, A. F. &:A. M., 'oj ,lfu,soy-ri.

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DR. ~,434

10, To balance Current Funds............ October 18ii. January, 6, 19, :May 3,

July

1,071 50 50000 15600 88 15 9000 11650 6100 20450 . . 836 15 65350 25690

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14, 29, 3, 12,

19

August 21, September 19, October 3, 5, 10, 10, 11, 11, To certified 11, 11,

3,470 61 694 :>5 2,370 i l 2,109 55

1,278 50 765 00 $21,10i14

1876.

Cit.

October,

By $50, $1,000, 150 "

$10, $50, $1,000..'........................••................................

$62 50, $20, $50 $500, $100, $122 75 $6 50,$600, $25 $10 20, $14, $30 $332 75, $9f), $750

November, December, 1877. .January, March, May,

" " " " " "

June,

"

" " "

July, August, September, " October, " " "

"

. ~..

: :

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840, $12 2;i, 840 $16, $10 $33 ·10, $90, 8800 $113, $75, $250 $50, $14 45, $30 $158 20, $500, $509 75 $50, $12, $50 : $40, 813 50, $250 $50, $')0,124 67 ; : $100, $111, $50 $25, $25, $67 $750, $025, $27 60 $12 15, $29 60, $25 $25, $25 Balance

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$ 1,200 00 1,06000 13250 72275 63150 54 20 1,177 75

...,

.

92 2,') 2600 92340

438 00 \)445 1,169 95 11200 30350 224 67 261 00 11700 1,402 60 . 6675 5000 10,848 87 $21,107 H

1877. October 11, To balance, Current Funds 4

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$10,848 87

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CHARITY. To the lWost lVorshiliful Grand Lodge of Missouri: Your Committee on Charity find only two cases before them. but owing to the financial state of the Grand Lodge, decline to recommend any appropriation. Fraternally submitted, G. L. FAULHABER, '. Z. S. MITCHELL, C. M. SHEAFE, Committee.

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS.

Resolutions offered by Brother C. W. OVERMAN and WiLLIAM HORD were read three several times, and ordered .printed with the Proceedings. [See Apendix.]

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS POSTPONED.

-On motion of Brother S. W. B. CARNEGY, the final consideration of his proposed amendments to By-Laws, offered ill 1875, relative to Hall, was postponed .until October, 1879.

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS REJECTED.

The proposed amend)nents relative to District Deputy Grand Masters, offered by Brother J. W. LUKE, in 1876. Proposed amendment of section twenty-eig-ht, of article sixteen, of the By-Laws, offered, by Brother W. A. Ross. .A.ndproposed amendment to By-Laws, by adding a sec-


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tion to allow per diem and mileage to delegates, offered by Brother A. TITUS, were each severally voted upon, and rejected by the Grand Lodge.

BURIAL LOT.

The following resolution, offered lis Brother S. W. B. OARNEGY, was adopted: Re.~olved, 1. It is the duty and interest of the Grand Lodge of Missouri to proyide and enclose a lot of land, to be improved and used as a ,cemetery, for the interment of deeeascd Ma.'5ons and families.

Resolved,2. That the Grand Master he required to appoint a committee, to consist of three Master Ma.':'ons, citizens of St. Louis, to procure, by provisional contract of purchase, a lot or tract of land near the city of St. Louis, to be used for the purpose aforesaid, of not lC-"s than one, or more than acres, and report their action to Grand Lodge at the next. meeting for its approval.

'fhe Grand Master appointed on said committ~e, Brothers JOHN W. LUKE, DEXTER S. OROSBY and OHARLES F. VOGEL.

COMMITTEE ON SOJOURNERS FROM OTHER GRAND LODGES.

A report, prepared by our late Brother, GEORGE FRANK I , • • • GOULEY, gi.ving answers to certaIn InterrogatorIes sent by him to all the Grand Secretaries in the United States, in relation to the reimbursement of expenses incurred by Lodges in the treatment during sickness~ burial, etc., of sojourners belongin~ to other jurisdictions, was presented by Bro. J. W. LUKE, and referred to a commi.ttee, consisting of Right Worshipful Samuel H. OWENS, JAMES E. OADLE and MARTIN OOLLINS, who were granted until next annual communication to report resolutions upon the subj-ect, which might be practicable and recommend themselves for general adoption. G. L.-PPO. 5.


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ENGRAVING OF GEORGE FRANK GaULEY.

The following, by Brother N. M. Grv AN, was adopted: . en~raving 01\ R. W. Bro., George Frank Gauley, be inserted in the Proceedings of the Grand Lodge, und the sum of seventy-five dollars be appropriated therefor.

Resolved, That a good steel

THANKS.

Brother JOHN D. VINCIL ofl'ered the following, which was adopted: Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be, and the same are. hereby tendered to the Railroads and Packet Companies, who hllve extended favors to the members of this Hody, by furnishing reduced rates of transporw.tion. Resolved, That the thanks of this Body be tendered to the Life Association of America, for the use of this Hall, during the present session. .

REPRINT.

On motion of 'Brothe~ JOHN D.

ViNCIL,

it was

Ordere.d, That the remaining copies of reprint of Grand Lodge Proceedings, from

1821 to 1840, be retained in the office of the Grand Secretary, for future use.

.. REPORT ON ACCOUNTS.

The Committee reported as follows-adopted. ' To the jlfost WOl'shipf1U Grand Lod.ge

oJ lofissollri:

You; Committee on Accounts respectfullr beg leave to report that they have examined the accounts of the Grand Treasurer ana. Grand Secretary, and herewith submit th~ following s)'nopsis of same:


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RECEIPTS.

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Grand Trea~urer had. on Octouer Grand Secretary has received since last report: a,nd paid to Grand Treasurer Total in hand~ of Grand Treasurer

$6,434 19 14,373 85

:..............

$20,808 04

nTSJlUR.SEMENTS.

Grand Treasurer has paid out, as per vouchers Balance in Treasury, October 9',

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$9,959 17 , $10,848 87

All of ,""hich is respectfully submitted, LEE A. HALL, CHARLES F. VOGEL, H. W. POCOKE, Committee.

WAYS AND MEANS

Committee reported as followR-adopted. To the Mos/" Worshipful Grand Lodge of

~Mi.ssouri:

Your Committee on Ways and Means would respectfully report as follows: 'Ve find cash in hands of Grand Treasurer............................................ We recommend the following appropriations:

::~tt~~gG~:~~e~~~;~~;~.;~.~ffi~.~

:::

::

':::

$10,848 87

:::::::::::::::::::::::::$1,~~~ ~

Salary of Grand Secretary.. : 3,00000 Printing- and Stationery..................................... 200 00 Postage................................................................................................... 250 00 Contingent fund.................... 50 00 Attorney's fees........................................................................................ 100 00 Grand Tyler... 150 00 Grand Tyler, expenses for funeral' of Bro. Gouley : : ,.. .50 00 ~fissouri Lodge, for funeral of Bro. Gauley............................................. 150 00 Grand Lecturer 1,000 00 Grand Master, for expense in discharge of duty..................................... 100 00 Loan account due various Lodges........... 2,,;) 00 Total.................................................

$7,105 00 $3,743 87

Total remaining in hands of Treasurer... We recommend that the Grand Secretary be authorized to draw warrant'> to settle loan aecOllnts of variou!:> Lodges, aggregating $2:):) as above, as the same may be presented for settlement. All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. J. E. CADLE, N. M. GIVAN,

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INSTALLATIONS.

There being llO further business, Most Worshipful Brother THOn-lAS E. GARRET1', by reqnest, installed the Grand Officers elect, and appointed, in to their respective stations; Brother JOHN C. BLOOMFIELD acting as Grand Marshal.

APPOINTMENTS.

The Most Worshipful Grand Master announced the following appointments for tbe ensu.ing year: GRAND LECTURER GRAND CI-IAPLAIN

GRAND GRA:1\D GRAND (JRAND (mAND GRAND " GRAND GlU.ND

ALLAN ?lIcDOWELL, Greenfield. JOHN E. BARNES, Licking. .................................... REV. :M. HHODES, St. Louis. ....................................REV. C. C. WOODS, Boonville. .......................... ; REV. JOSEPH vv. LEWIS. St. Louis. ....................................REV. W. A. TARWATER, Palmyra. ....................................RE\'. E. S. DULIN,.D. D., St. Joseph . ....................................REV. S. LOEWEN, D. D., St. Louis. SENIOR DEACON LEE A. HALL, Clarksville. JUNIOR DEACON G. 1" li'AULHABEH, Sedalia. ~lARSHALL JOHN C. BLOOMFIELD, St. Louis. ..................... : .JOHN T. IWFFJN, Carthage. S\VORD 路BEARER T. D. ABBE, Bolivar. STEWARD; ~ , .J. B. WOOD, Waverly. / ...路 B. P. BAILEY, Fulton. ORATOR. 路 H. P. WAITE, Kamas City. " OREN ROOT, JR., Salisbury. PUHSUIVANT R. W. McMULLEN, Hillsboro. TYLER GEORGE THOHP, St. Louis. REV.

CHAIRMAN OF STANDING COMMITTEES. JURISPRUDENCE GRmVANCE RETUJ{NS OF LODGES U. D RETURNS OF CHARTERED LODGES TRANSPORTATION AND HOTELS REPOHTS OF D. D. G. M FOREIGN CORRESPOXDENCE

THO?lIAS E. GARRETT, St. Louis. SAMUEL H. OWENS, California. .'.. J. A. H. LA?lIPTON, St. Louis. D. S. CROSBY. St. Louis. JOHN R. PARSON, St. Louis. CHARLES F. VOGEL, St. Louis. JOHN D. VINCIL, St. Louis.


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1st DISTRICT-!;. W. B. CARNEGY, Canton. 2d 'V. H. HALL, Hannibal. 3d LEE'A. HALL, Louisialla. 4th lVILLIA:M H. CREXSHAW, New SalclD. 5th HORACE W. POCOKE, :Montgomery City. 7th W. S. STOCKWELL, Salisbury. 8th DAVID HA lR]), Kirksville. 9th G. W. WILSON, Queen City. lath W. K. l\1'GRATH, Trenton. 11th ])AVID J. HEASTON, BethallY. 12th A. l\f. DOCKERY, Gallatin. 13th B. F. RECOl-WS, Liberty. 14th D. P. \Vj\LLlNGFORD, S1. Joseph. 15th .TAMES S. HART. 1\found City. 16th JAMES B. AUSTJN, St. Louis. 17th .JOHN H. PljGH, l'nion. 18th WILLlA~:r CARTER, Farmington. 19th \\'ILLIA:~I B. WILSON, Cape Girardeau. 20th .J. H. BETHUNE; Charleston. 21st V AN. H. HARRISON, Clarkton. 23d ERASTuS 13. SMITH, Patosi. 24th CHARLES D. EITZEN, Hcrmaun. 2iith .T. ~L ORCHARD, Salcm. 26th .TOHN E. BAH.NEB, Licking. 27th JAMES E. CARTER, .Tefferson City. 28th JOHN W. FAIUUS, Lcbanon.. 29th .J. W. ROBERTSON, Ozark. aOth JONATHAN Eo TEFFT, SpringJ1cld. 31st .J. M. RITCHEY,路Newtonia. 32d E. P. LIXZEE,1\H. Vcrnon. 33d .T. Eo HAHDlKG, Nevada.. 34th .J. D. ABBE, Bolivar. :~)th .T. G. ~UDDLECOFF, Clinton. 36th F, H. CLAHK, East Lynn. ;~7th A. M, McDITYRE, Fort Lyon. :3Rth W,1\1. WILLIAMS, Boonville. ;~9th ROBERT HALE, Lexington. 40th W, E. WHITING, Kansas City. RICHARD W. Mc::vruLLIK, Hillsboro. 42d 43d PETEI{ GODFREY, Fulton. 44th GEORGE R. HuNT, Warrensburg路. 45th 'F. .T. TYGARD, Butler. 路16th REUBEN BARNEY, Chillicothe. 47th L. A. BARITEAU, Maryville. ,18th J. 1\1:. MARl\IADUKE, Mexic0. 49th MILTON HELWIG, Cameron. :-lOth H. H. HEDGES, Weston. \

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The Grand Secretary began reading the minutes, when, on' motion of Brother S. W. B. CA.RNEGY, the same was dispensed with. At 6 P. M. the :Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted-Masons, of the State of .l\iissouri, was closed in AMPLE FORM. Prayer by the Grand Chaplain.

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It is proper that the Grand Secretary should m'ake the ~

following statement. After my induction into office, I proposed to move at once to St. Louis, and enter upon official labor. The dangerous and protracted illness of my daughter delayed and defeated my purpose for several weeks. The hindrances incident to moving, 'added to the above, greatly retarded the ready address to busi ness, desired and expected. I ask the forbearance of an indulgent Brotherhood, in

view of the canses enumerated, and many others not necessary to state. No material interest has been allowed to suffer, though delays have been unavoidable. The Proceedings would have appeared sooner, but for the delay in waiting for the steel engraving of Right 'Worshipful GEORGE FRANK GaULEY. The engraving was made in New York, and required time for its completion. , During my necessitated absence from the office, Brother WILLIAl\{ H. MAYO was constantly present, and busilyengaged in bringing the Proceedings throngh the press. His experience and familiarity ~ith the work of the office, rendered bis labors indispensable and of. great .service. I hereby acknowledge my indebtedness to him, for his patient and persevering labors. J. D. V.


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M. W. GRAND LODGE A. F. & A. M. OF MISSOURI, AT A

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COMMUNICATION, CONVENED AT

FREEMASONS' HALL, ST. LOUIS, OCTOBER 11, A. D., 1877, A. L., 5877. MEMORIAL SERVICE OF

BRO. GEORGE FRANK GOULEY, R. W. GRAND SECRETARY.

SAINT LOUIS: HUGH R. HILDRE'rH PRINTING COl\IPANY, 215 OLIVE STREET.

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M. W. 'GRAND LODGE OF MISSOURI. SPECIAL COMM UNICATION CONVENED AT ST. LOUIS,

OCTOBER 11, A.D., 1877, A.L., 5877.

The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Missouri, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, convened in Freemasons' Hall, at 8: 30 o'clock, A. M. PRESENT: XENOPHON RyLAND THOMAS C. READy N. M. GIVAN M. J. HUBBLE WILLIAM N. LOKER JOHN LUKE JOHN D. VINCIL JOHN C. BLOOMFIELD JAMES R. HARDy LEE A. HALL.................................................... GEORGE THORP

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M. W. Grand Master. R. w: Deputy Grand Master. R. W. Senior Grand Warden. R. w: Junior Grand Warden. R. w: Grand Treasurer. R. W. Grand Secretary. W. Grand Chaplain. ~ Grand }.[arshal. w: Grand Senior Deacon. W. Grand Junior Deacon. W. Grand Tyler.

When the.Most Worsl1ipfuI Grand Lodge of Missouri was called to labor, there was a large attendance of Masters, Wardens, Past Masters and Brethren from various Lodges under this jurisdiction, and many visitors. Pra~Ter by

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The l\iostWorshipful Grand Master announced that the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge was now ready to receive the report of the Special Committee on Memorial, appointed last April. .'

MEMORIAL. GEORGE FRANK GOULEY.

Soon after the untimely death of Brother GOULEY, M. W. XENOPHON RYLAND, Grand Master, appo~nted the following committee to prepare a Memorial, as a tribute to the deceased, viz.: SAMUEL H. OWENS,. THOMAS E. GARRETT and JOHN D. VINCIL. During the season following, it was 'suggested, by a member of the committee, that the Memorial be prepared and presented to the Grand Lodge while ill .ses~ion. And, also, that路 there be set apart an hour for a SPECIAL MEM<,)RIAL SERVIC,E.

Accordingly, on the morning of the third day of the session, the Memorial Service was held, commencing at halfpast eight o'clock. The Committee on Memorial, through Most~ Worshipful Brother GARRETT,presented the following touching tribute to the memory of Right Worshipful Brother GEORGE FRANK GOULEY.

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Bro. GEORGE FRANK GOULEY was a man of more than ordinary capacity and attainment. He was born in Wilmington, Delaware, February 15, 1832, and was forty-five years of age. He received a ltood academic education, studied law in the office of JAMES A. BAYARD, and was admitted to the bar. Soon after he went to Washington and tilled a position in the land department, from 1858 to 1860. He was for a time private secretary to STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS (who was a Mason), and became well acquainted with the public men of the country and nati0D:al politics. About 1861 he came West, and was a short time in

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Nebraska on business connected with public lands. Returning thence to St. Louis, he engaged in the commissiort business for a short time, after which he entered the service of Messrs. BERTHOLD, SMITH & CO., as book-keeper. Bro. GOULEY was a very active and prominent member of the Masonic t:>rder, and, through his zeal and activity as a Mason, a new career soon opened to him in St. Louis. He was made a Mason during his residence in Washington. Soon after settling in St. Louis, he became a member of Missouri Lodge, No. 'I., St. Louis Royal Arch Chapter, No.8, and St. Louis Commandery, No.1, Knights Templars. In 1864 he became the assistant of Bro. ANTHONY' O'SULLIVAN, Grand Secretary of the Grand Masonic Bodies of Missouri; and immediately after Bro. O'SULLIVAN'S death, in 1866, Bro. GOULEY was chosen Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of Mi&~ouri, to wHich position he has been annually elected ever since. He also succeeded to the office of Grand Secretary and Recorder of all the other l\fasonic Bodies of the York Rite, and was appointed chairman of the yarious Committees on Foreign Correspondence, year after year, for eleven successive years. Bro. GOULEY was Past Master of his Lodge, Past Commander of his Commandery, and also 'a Past Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templars of Missouri. He filled all of his Masonic offices with. marked ability and honor, and performed all his Masonic duties with zeal and fidelity He was an acknowledged pO'wer in the MasoniC Fraternity of Missouri, and won a national reputation as a l\1asonic writer. For several years he edited and published in St. Louis, The Freemason, a Masonic journal, which gained a wide circulation and influence among the Craft. This magazine was recently merged into the Voice Of Masim1'Y, of which,. Bro. GOlJI,EY became a regular contributor. Last fall he had a severe attack of illness,' and for a time his life hung in the balance, but he had fully recovered from this, and was again enjoying robust h'ealth. Bro. GOUI,EY had a very original and active mind-was a master of Masonic law, a fluent speaker, and a strong writer. He was of an essentially charitable nature, and no appeal for, aid was ever made to him in vain. Figuratively speaking, his heart was bigger than his body. Bro. GEORGE FRANK GOULEY was in the' prime of life and usefulne..<;s, and his tragic death will be widely mourned by the Masonic Fraternity throughollt the land.. . This name is among the most familiar in Masonic records during the last ten years. In its very characters there is a kind of sunshine, typical of the man who bore it. It is a trinity of good fellowship, standing for a strong social, mental, charitable personality. GEORGE FRANK GOULEY IS DEAD., But what beautiful, fadeless memories cling to his name, like garlands of evergreen, and how many good, brave deeds stand to its credit in the pug-es of his life and labors! The newspapers have given thE} details of his 'death and buriaL and these have gone to the remotest confines of civilization, blit there is still an intimate heart-history to be written, to satisfy the hunger of long-time friends, who knew. admired and loved the man. His friends called him FRANK, and this familiar, Brotherly name was also the key of his character. ' Transparent frankne..<;s was the touchstone of his nature, which invited intimacy, and encouraged free interchange of thought between himself and all who approached him as friends. He revealed himself at once, and fully; ann his hearty, honest words paved the way to safe companionship and communication. FRANK GOULEY'S face was the reflex of his soul. It radiated sunlight, and illumina ted the whole cirele of his pr<%ence with a most charming- cheerfulness; It was never shaded with a sombre cloud, and always 'shown with its richest lustre where such. influences were needed to light the depths of路sorrow and distress. At the sick-bed, in the chamber of death; his air was tenderly sympathetic, while his presence was a Leacon light in the g-loom. And yet, sunny as it shown, his whole countenance was a type of decision and firmness. 'Vhile it was beaming tenderness, it was pictured power. While it was a dial of good humor at all points of the compass, the index of an iron will was fixed, and pointed as inflexibly to the integrity of principle as the needle points to the North Star. Such qualities or'heart and brain constituted a many-sided character, and a unit of commanding personality.

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GEORGE FRANK GOULEY was a safe counselor and a true friend. In his heart. fr iendship was the crystallization of all the moral Virtues, and he wore it as a prieeles s jewel.

He unconsciously gave the impression that each of his chosen companions/was h is most intimate friend, and this was strictly true. for his open nature concealed no secrets. from any of them. They all knew him in the same way and in the same degree. They read the open book of his life, thought by thought, act by act, page by page. It was man ly, clear and consistent, and no passage is left to be explained by any commentator. It is compact of earnest, effective, solid work, recorded in the annals of many Grand Lodges of the Masonic Brotherhood. .His own work is his own monument, and nothing that any friend can write can add to it a single needed embellishment. The best that can be done "is to point out its harmonious proportions. GEORGE FRANK GOULEY had ambition.' It was to be instrumental in doing the greatest good to the greates~ number. In him this quality had' no trace of selfishness, except the gratification of self-approval. He had the mental force and the culture to recommend him to positions which offered a field for the exercise of his dearest aspirations. He held many responsible !>1asonic offices, which sought him, and which he fill cd with honor. He was finally installed Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Missou ri, and took the corresponding position-in all the other Masonic Grand Bodies; and the records of these for ten years are the evidences of his character and standing in his Mason ic home. . 'His work in the department of Foreign Correspondence gave him and the Grand Bodies a national reputation, of which MissoiIri Masons are proud. The Secretary was a man of broad views; tied to no creed, he respected all. lIe had a truly catholic mind. He recognized the universal Fatherhood of God, and the universal brotherhood of man. He was at the same time speculative and practical. His dream was of human progress and the final emancipation of man from Error. His work-days were spent in the search for truth, and the recognition of its majesty employed his tongue and pen. In him the Masonic Fraternity lost one of its most enlightened members, one of its strongest pillars, and one of its most zealous workers. The Masons of Missouri feel that they have been instructed by his wisdom, supported by his strength, and embellished by the beauty ofp-is work. The principles of Freemasonry had so thoroughly permeated his mind and heart and being, that charity was the essential product of his nature. He did nothing from a cold sense of duty; everything for love. His heart was in ~1l his work, and he did it well. Charity was the lever by which he raised a crushing weight from many a spirit which lives to mourn his loss. He gave of his means to the very extent of his ability, to exercise the divinest attribute of his nature. In his death the poor lost a friend; humanity, an ornament ; the commupity which he adorI;led, a valuable citizen; his personal friends, a golden heart; and the Fraternity of Freemasons, an example of the best fruits of the grcat.Masonic Brotherhood. GEORGE FRANK GOULEY treated the natural change of death in a philosophical spi rit, and he often conversed cheerfully with his friends of his own life's end. While contemplating the dark shadow which must finally envelope all, he was radiant with his own essential sunshine. Death had no terrors for him, but a long, helpless illness had, and he hoped he would be spared such an ordeal. He wanted his change to be sudden, and he had an abiding premonition that it would be. So it came. He leaped the bounds of time in the enjoyment of perfect health, and solved the enigma of eternity in an instant. His manhood was at once in its bloom, and fruit, and prime. There were many years of valuable work in him, and we compute these years. and the associations they would have yielded, in our loss. II FRANK II is gone, but his life-wQrk and memory will live with us, crowned with his own perpetual sunshine. It was his often expressed desire that his friends shou. ld remember him, not mourn for him; but how can human nature, brought to the test, practice such cool and pure philosophy, Thousands of his Brethren, who came annually to St. Louis, and sought the cordial grasp of his hand first, will come again and look for him in his accustomed place in vain. They will feel an aching sense of desolation that FRANK GOULEY is not of the living world. No other hand-clasp can ever replace his. No other smile can ever light up a mut~al friendship like his. No other tongue can ever utter the cheery music ofllis voice. He is sunshine in memory alone.

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Bro. GRORGE FRANK GOULEY'S funeral ceremonies were most solemn and imposing, It was on a Sunday evening we laid him away to rest. The Grand Master of Masons

officiated in the hall and at the tomb. The body had been lying in state for. two days. and a <4onstant stream of visitors poured into the hall and around the casket. The dead face wore much of its natural expression. His picture, in which the artist had cau~ht his accustomed smile, was ncar. It was a juxtaposition of life and death in effect. Simple and stirring words were pronounced to the densely packed mass of people, and the still air carried the sounds through the open windows to the more densely packed masses in the streets. At length the great procession moved, and all along the line of marchnearly two miles-to the carriages in waiting, the silent throngs stood with uncovered heads. The doors, windows and house-tops were full of interested faces, and many were the tearful eyes. There was just room, and no more, for the hearse to pass through the lines of the populace, ana the whole citr may be said to have attended GEORGE FRANK GOULEY'S funeral. The train moved slOWly to Bellefontaine. The cemetery was transformed into a city of the living. The riCeiving tomb, where the body was to be deposited, is on a northern hill-Side, covered with budding trees. The Shadows of evening were creeping up the hill as the procession wound around its base, and ascended by a circuitous road way. The hill was already crowded with people waiting to witness the last rites. A dark cloud, which had hidden the sun's face, moved away, and the scene on the hill-side was gloriously illuminated by the evening's richest golden rays. It was a quiet interview ,with Nature, in her most majestic mood. As the train tramped slowly up, the band of the Knights Templars toned a funeral dirge, and the silence of solitude was broken. We laid the body away in the tomb, and left all that remains of our friend and Brother GEORGE FRANK GOULEY; in the hillside, the sunset beams gilding his tomb. The last scene called to mind the sunshine of !<'RANK'S life.

FUNERAL. Bro. GOULEY'S funeral occurred on the 15th ult., and was a marked event in the history of Freemasonry in Missouri. The central point of interest was the Masonic Hall, where the remains lay in stat,e. The vast hall presented a grand, sombre appearance. Its beautiful, bright, permanent decorations were toned down by the heavy drlj.pings, and in' th e center stood the catafalque, in which rested the elegant, massive casket. The floral decorations of the catafalque were from the establishment of Mr. CHARLES M. ELLEARD. They were of his own ideal composition, and were the general objects of admiration. 'The two larger floral memorials were each a poem in itself-a broken column on a classic base was formed of camelias and lilies, surmounted by a flying dove. The other, only a little less beautiful by comparison, was a crown and cross rising out of a cushion, all composed of camelias and lilies, with the w'ord "REST," in blue violets. The gigantic Maltese cross crowning the catafalque was also of lilies and japonicas, and was emblematic and imposing. .Seats had been arranged for the reception of the Masons and their friends. The stage was a very bower of plants and flowers, and at its center, over the Grand Master's chair, a very life-like portrait of the deceased rested on a frame, surrounded by drapery. As early as twelve o'clock people began to gather in the streets in the vicinity of the ball, and by one o'clock the sidewalks were as a solid wall of humanity. Shortly before one, the members of the various Masonic, Knight Templar and Odd'fclloworganizations began to arrive, and form in the middle of the streets, the Knights Templars being in full regalia, and presented a splendid appearance, as their swords and trimmings glittered in the sunlight. The Knights of St. Patrick assembled at the Lindell hotel at one o'clock, to the number of about fifty, and under marshalship of GEORGE W. FORD, JOHN D. FI~~EY l,tnd JAMES.

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SWEENEY, and led by HERWIG'S band, marched down Fifth street to the mins of the Southern. Turning down Walnut they made a complete circuit of the mins, the band, meanwhile, playing a funeral dirge. Apart from all other sad considerations, the members of the organization could not refrain from reflecting upon the many occasions of joy and merry-making in which they had participated, and to the pleasure of which GEORGE FRANK GOULEY frequently contributed so generously, where now those umightly mins cumbered the ground, and where he ended his sunny life in such a frightful manner. From the mins the Knights marched to the Masonic Hall. The members of Missouri LOdge, No.1, assembled at one o'clock in the Master Mason's room, on the third floor of the hall, and tra.."Rcted some business pertaining to the sad event that ha.d e.aued them together-among other things, appointing a committee, consisting of JOHN GOODIN, R. S. VOORHIS and ISAIAH FORBES, to draftresolutionsexpressive of the sense of the body. . At two o'clock the members marched down to the grand hall, where many hundreds of friends had already assembled, including more.than a hundred ladies, and the ceremonies were begun. On the platform were seated XENOPHON RYLAND, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, THOMAS C. READY, JOHN W. DAVIS, M. W. EAGAN and MARTIN J. HUBBLE! all officers of the organization j also Rev. GEORGE THOMPSON, Master of Lodge No. 116, of Dorset, England, imd also Revs. R. A. HOUAND and GEORGE C. BETTS. Between the platform and the catafalque a space was kept clear, but every other part ofthe hall was occupied by the crowd, While a densly packed throng extended from the doorways down to the sidewalk, every memb~r of it vainly hoping that some~hing might occur that would gain him admission to the hall. \ . The Grand Master arose in his place, rapped his gavel, and a perfect silence fell upon the assemblage. He read impressively the twelfth chapter of Ecclesiastes, so replete with beautiful passages, and beginning with" Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh when thou shalt say I have no pleasure in them," At the close of the reading, Rev. Mr. HOLLAND delivered an eloquent prayer, the whole as..~emblage joining him in the Lord's prayer at the close. A choir, under leadership of Prof. MAUfENE, sang, in sweet accord, the following hymn: When we pass the vale of death, When we yield this fleeting breath, Bear us, Lord, oh I bear us To the Lodge above, Amen. Pcace to the memory of the dead, Tranquil may their slumbers be, Sweet the repose within the grave, Peace, peace to the memory of the deadPeace to the dead. When the music had died away, there was no sound save the sobbing of those whom its subtle influence had overcome. The Grand Master arose, and in clear, yet tremulous voice, delivered the following address:

GRAND MASTER RYLAND'S ADDRESS. "Friends, Brethern, it is not meet that I should detain you by dwelling upon the sad event that has assembled us at thiS hour, nor ~hall I enter into the details of the life and character of our departed friend and Brother, Suffice it to say he began his official Masonic career as the Assistant Grand Secretary to Bro. ANTHONY O'SULLIVAN, whose .th emory is sweet to us as that of a just man.

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"In the year 1866 Bro. GOULEy'WM appointed to succeed him as Grand Secretary, and ever since has been annuallv re-elect€d to fill that position, 'I'he reputation and the character sustained by the Grand Lodge of Missouri in the MMonic world are due more to the efforts, the ability and the learning of GEORGE FRANK GOULEY, than to those of any other Mason, liVing or dead. As cp.airman of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence, he made for himself a reputation not only national, but world-wide. On many a hardfought field he has contended for the purity and the perpetuity of the great principles of Masonry, and high over all the tumults of human pMsion he hM borne the white banner of peace, with faith, hope and charity, and has at last falien at his post with it firm in his grasp, with not a single blot upon its folds. We have crowned him in return with our honors and affections. When the sad intelligence of his death was flMhcd across this land, it shocked the whole Fraternity, and everywbere to-day strong men bow themselves with weeping, and all the daughters of music are brougbt low. There is not a MMonie home in Missouri, nay, upon this whole continent, that is not filled withgriefand mounting for Bro. GOULEY. Like the forked lightnings, whicb, with irresistible force striking tbe gnarled oak, sbivers it to pieces, tbis calamity bas come upon us and bM left our bearts torn and bleeding. Tn the presence of these scenes and of that casket we utter that sublime truth which bad a lodgement in his soul, 'God alone i~ great.' We mingle our tears over the remains of the truest of friends, and'one of the noblest of men, and exclaim : , See what death hM made of bim.' , There is no death. The stars go down To rise upon some fairer shore, And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown Tbey shine for evermore. There is no death. An angel form Walks o'er the ~arth, witb silent tread, And bears our best loved friends awayAnd then we call tbem-dead. Born into tbat undying life, They leave us'but to come again. With joy we welcome them-the same, Except their sin and pain. And ever near, thougb yet unseen, ' Tbeir dear immortal spirits tread, For all tbe boundless universe Is life. There are no dead.' " Following this. RIO..TOHN GOODIN, P. M., arose and pronounced the following eloquent eulogy: I

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Sir Knights:-We are sad, our hearts are bleeding, a pall of gloom hangs over our city; sorrow surrounds us. While with all we would mourn the great calamity which has recently befallen our community, yet to us there is in it an anguish which others may not feel. Our good, our noble Brother, GEtHtGE FRANK GOULEY, is no more. Cut off in the pride of his manhood, in the full fruition of his usefulness. Oh! how terrible was the manner of his taking from among us. Even though it 'were his Wish, often expressed, tbat his taking away should be sudden, );et how little could we have thought that its realization would be so appalling. To him it was an end awful and agonizing, in fire, or a plunge,

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as it were, into the very abyss of death. He chose the latter, and thank God, that since then to him death must come, short were the pangs of his dissolution. That casket now holds all that is mortal of him ,vhom we so loved in life. ro his memory we drop the tear ofaffectionate regard, and for her, his chosen, cherished companion, now prostrated in the desolation of her widowhood, we offer our prayers, and beg that she may be sustained and comforted in this, the very uttermost depth of her affiiction. . The warm friendship which for years I had entertained for our late Bro. GoULEY, the high regard which I had for his character, and the close Masonic and Lodge connection that existed between us, would have induced me on this occasion to pay my parting tribute to his memory. But there was once a remark that he made which far more strongly influences my action. Shortly after the demise of our lamented Bro., JOHN D. DAGGETT, late Grand Treasurer of our Grand Lodge, in company with a number of Masonic and other friends, while commenting upon the loss which we had then recently sustained, Bro. GOULEY spoke to路 this effect: "When my time shall have come I want no long-suffering sickness or struggle; I desire to be spared in health and usefulness to the last moment; but when I am gone, I desire Missouri Lodge, No.1, to bury me.". Then changing from the impressiveness of his manner, and pleasantly turning to me, in the freedom of personal intimacy, he added: "John, ypu pronounce my eUlogy." Far too lightly, my Brethren, as I now think of it, I replied, as wejoined hands, "Yes, FRANK, I will." It may be that this remark as to .his eulogy was not made in full earnestne ss. most certainly, as regarded myself. but little import was attached to it, at the moment' But now, as the recollection of that remark comes back upon me, I would be precluded' from silence on 路this occasion, even though feeble may be the effort to comply with his request. In speaking of him I shall use no fulsome expression, no fulsome phraSeology, to conceal imperfection or to hide a fault, for.what is man without these? Yet, so far as GEORGE FRANK GOULEY had faults, they were errors of the judgment, and never, never, errors of the heart. And I feel that I can give offence to none who knew him, when I say that if they failed to recognize in him sterling merit of a high order, it must have been from a moral obtuseness, unable to appreciate one who, as far as may be, was in himself the exemplification of manly excellency. I shall not enter into any detailed history' of the life of our Brother, nor of his Masonic connection. The latter has been done to some extent by the Most Worshipful Grand Master; but I wish most particularly to refcJ; to those traits of character which rendered him a man prominent among his fellows. As a Masonic journalist he was among the most efficient of his day. His knowledge of Masonic jurisprudence was varied, and erudite his interpretation of its laws; on this point his opinion was everywhere sought and respected. The high position with which he was honored by our Grand Lodge, and which, by his long continuance in it, he alike honored, was the best evidence of his Masonic ability, integrity and efficiency. As a general writer, while he may have lacked the pathos which would influence impulse, his mind was analytical and acute, his comprehension broad, his purposes honest and true. As a speaker he was eloquent, bqt it was the eloquence of intellect and mighty will, not the persuasive tones which might stir to sentiment or touch the springs of emotion. He sought to guide the mind, not to move the heart. His speeches were logical, strong, cogent, forcible. As a debater he was a powerful adversary, but still ever was he the courteous opponent. There was no sacrifice which he would not make for a friend, yet no personal bias could swerve him from what he considered the line of duty. He was laudably ambitious, but his every effort was made as he conceived for the greatest good of his fellow men. He was courageously firm in the advocacy of truth, and he possessed that indomitable pluck which would have led him to a martyr's end rather than yield his convictions of right; yet, tenacious as he was of these convictions, he never dogmatically forced them upon' others. This combination of vigorous intellect, generous friendship, laudable ambition and dauntless coura~e, which formed his character, are ~'ery rarely found united. In all these characteristics he wasgreat; he was great in all the elements which go to make a strong, useful, honest man. In his death the Masonic Fraternity of Missouri have lost one of their most useful-yes, they have lost the most useful of its members, for wherever the English tongue is spoken and l\fasonry exists, there must the impress of his labors be


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found in its behalf. In his demise his confreres have lost a good, able, loving instr uctor; his friends, a genial companion; society, a worthy member; the State, a respected citizen; and, although his daily labors }vill no longer be present with us, yet the world is better . that he has lived. I have heard condemnation of such exercises as these, condemnation of the .words spoken in praise of the memory of those gone, and of sorrow that they should have been taken from among us. But I regard that these exercises cannot have any influence other than 1;>eneficial upon the minds of the living. By them not only are we reminded that we all must die-a thing not fraught with that terror which some lfPpear to attach to itwe are, also, reminded of our Masonic Brotherhood, and of that broader brotherhood, the brotherhood of humanity, and they bring. us closer and d~arer together as Masons and as men, while in common we lament the bereavement which has befallen us. We cannot, when meeting to look for the last time upon the face of a Brother or friena who has gone before, study and compare the lessons of his life without feeling more kindly toward each other than before we thus met. If, then, the influence of these exercises be to chasten passion and quicken our charity, I cannot but regard their influence as for good. As l\fasons, such an occasion should induce us to forget and forgive the faults and offenses of our Brethren, and should tend to bind us more closely in the ties of that Fraternity by which we are united. Soon the tomb will hide from our eyes all that is mortal of GEORGE FRANK GOULEY, but he has left us a character to emulate and admire. Farewell, loved Brother; a true l\'1ason, a chivalrous Sir Knight, an honorable gentleman. Green in our hearts long will live his â&#x20AC;˘ memory. With him the struggle now is over. To him at last have come quiet and peace. "After life's fitful fever he sleeps well." Another hymn was sung by the choir, and this closed the ceremonies in the hall. Arrangements were now made for forming the procession, on Seventh street, the work being performed under the direction of JOHN C. BLOO)[FIELD, Grand Marshal, and W. M. EAGA~, As.<;istant MarshaL The Knights Templars, led by POSTI,EW AIn~'s band, and in charge of JOlIN R. PARSON, Grand Captain G~neral, and J. C. BLOO)fFIEJ.D, Adjutant, took the head of the procession, and formed a line extending from Chestnut street very nearly to Walnut street. There were four Commanderies, as follows: St. Louis Commandery, No. I, 110 men; JOHN B. MAUDE, Eminent Commander, JOHN McKITTRICK, Generalissimo, and DAVE GOODFELLOW, Captain General. Ivanhoe Commandery, No.8, eighty-five mml; S. W. Lm[AX, Eminent Commander, J. PERCIVAL S)IITH, Generalissimo, and JOHN A. SLOAN,' Captain General. Ascalon Commandery, No. 16,.seventy-five men; WILLLU[ P. MULl_EN, Eminent Commander, WILLIAM H. GOODIN, Generalissimo, G. W. WEST, Captain General. St. Aldemar Commandery, No. 18, sixty-five men; ARIE -DE Jmw, Eminent Commander, ROBERT STEWART, Generalissim'o, and ROBERT MCCULLOUGH, Captain General. Following these were the members of Masonic Lodges, who marched as a miscellaneous body, without any distinction of Lodges, and who numbered five or six hundred men. The post of honor was of course filled by the ilfIssouri Lodge, No.1, of which deceased was a member, which Lodge formed in the following order: 1, K~ights Tempiars; 2, Hearse and pall-bearers; 3, Tyler, with drawn sword; 4, Stewards, with rods; 5, Master Masons; 6, Senior and Junior Deacons; 7, Secretary ana. Treasurer-; 8, Senior and Junior Wardens; 9, Past :Masters; 10, Present and Past Grand Officers; 11, Bearer of great lights; 12, :Most Worshipful Grand Master, XENOPHON RYLAND, and Worshipful Bro. CHARLES F. VOGEL, l\faster of Missouri Lodge, No. 1. The St. Louis militia, in full uniform, the Knights of St. Patrick, a large number of Odd Fellows' Lodges, in regalia, but without distinction of organization, and a long line of citizens on foot, and nearly a mile Qf carriages, completed one of the largest, if not the largest, cortege that ever attended the remains of a St. Louis citizen to the grave. The casket was born from its resting place in the hall to the hearse at the Seventh street entrance, attertded by the mourning Lodge, eseorted by the Grand Commandery of Missouri.. The following were the pall-bearers: F. L. BILLON, ISAIAH FORBES, JOHN GOODIN, R. S. VOORHIS, J. A. HART, J. O. ALTER,

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MEMORY

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D. N. BURGOYNE, J. MCKITTRICK, W. A. PRAJ.L, JAMES H. TALMAN, GEORGE T. KING, CHARLES 1'. GARVIN, DAVE GOODFELLOW and WILLIAM DOUGLAS. The following were the honorary pall-bearers: T. E. GARnETT, SAMUEL H. OWENS, AI.LAN路 McDoWELL, W. H. STONE, JOSEPH S. BROWNE, JOHN W. LUKE, OREN ROOT, JR.,' W. R.STUBBLEFIELD, J. E. CADLE, MARTIN COLUNS, T. M. WANNELL and JAMES F. AGLAR. So great was the crowd for a length of three blocks on Seventh street, that the most energetic work on the part of the police was necessary to leave a channel of sufficient width to enable the procession to march through. It was half-past three o'clock when the co1'tege began to move. It passed slowly down Chestnut street to Fourth, up Fourth to Washingtpn avenue, and out Washington avenue to Sixteenth street. All along thisentire line the streets were thronged with people, who had been waiting patiently full two hours for a view, and every window in all of the houses on either side was occupied by as many as could possibly find room. One hundred thousand is not at all an extravagant estimate Of the numlJer of those who occupied the streets, within the limits mentioned. At Sixteenth street eighteen omnibuses and several hundred carriages were in waiting, and these were soon occupied by the members of the Templar, Masonic and OddFellow divisions. Ifhe cortege then proceeded at路a more rapid rate to Rellefontaine, arriving there shortly before six o'clock. The Commanderies and Lodges alighted at the gate, and a procession was again formed. At the receiving tomb the Commanderies formed in line and received the remains with formal honors. The beautiful Masonic grave service was now performed, Grand Master RYLAND and Rev. G. C. BETTS officiating, and many members of that multitude shed tears during its , progress. Finally the white apron was laid on the casket, each Brother Mason cast in a sprig of evergreen, the casket was lowered into the case which was to convey it to the old Eastern home of the deceased, the case was deposited in the receiving vault, the doors were closed, llnd the sorrowful company dispersed. There were not many, in that . vast assemblage who did not realize the truth of the declaration, that the world was the better for Bro. GOUl_EY'S having lived in it.

SPECIAL REPORT OF WILLIAM H. MAYO. To Xenoplwn Ryland, Most Worshipful Grand },[aster of },[asons of It[i~souri: DEAR SIR AND MOST WORSJlIPFUJ. BnoTHER:-In compliance with your request, and that of the Grand/Commander Knights Templar of .Missouri, I had the honor of escorting the remains of our distinguished Bro., GEORGE FRANK GOULEY, late Grand Secretary, to Wilmington, Delaware. ' I left St. Louis on the evening of April 18,1877, by the Toledo, Wabash & Western Railroad, in.charge of the remains, and on the morning of the 19th was met at Fort Wayne, Ind., by several Masons of that city; who kindly assisted me. in attending to the proper changes to be made to the Pittsburg Road. . At Pittsburg, that evening, there was in waiting at the depot when I arrived, Most Excellent Grand Master, Sir .JA~IES H. HOPKINS, with a delegation of Templars from that city, a part of whom kindly saw to the changes to be made there, while others took me in chn.rge, and hospitably entertained me during the hour or so that I remained there. At Phiiadelphia, on the morning ofthe 20th, although our train reached that city at 7 o'clock, I found in waiting, at the depot, Most Worshipful -Bro. ROBERT CLAnK, Grand :Master of Masons of Pennsylvania, Right Worshipful Bro. THOMAS PATTON, Grand Treasurer, Past Grand Commander of 'l.'emplars of Penw;ylvania, Sir CHARLES H. KINGSTON, Eminent Sir CHAnLEs E. MEYER, Grand Recorder, Eminent Sir JOHN L. Yot:~G, Eminent Sir DA~IEI_ St:TF~, and other distinguished Mnsons of that Grand Jurisdiction, with a special train of two coaches and a baggage car, which conveved U!1 (the whole party accompaning) to 路Wilmington, Del., where we arrived about 9路A. and

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found Eminent Sir JOHN H. SIMMS, with an eseort of St. John's Commandery, No.1, Knights Templars, who took charge of the remains, and conveyed them to the residence of Mrs. A. F. White, sister-in-law of the deceased, where they remained until the afternoon of the 21st, and were visited by hundreds of Wilmington's best citizens, and the relatives, friends and companions of his early youth, all of whom took a last, lingering look, and dropped a silent tear on the casket of one whom they had known so long and loved so well. At 1 P. Mo, St. John's Commandery, No.1, Eminent Sir JOHN H. SIMMS commanding, Sir THOMAS DAVIDSON, Captain General, and about forty Templars in full-dress uniform, with an excellent full band of music, took charge of the remains, carried them to Trinity Chapel, where the Rector, Rev. W. J. FROST, a particular friend of the family .. delivered an appropriate funeral address to a large and attentive audience, after which, the funeral cortege, a路 very large and imposing one, proceeded to Brandywine Cemetery. On arriving at the grave, the Templars formed a triangle, and, as the casket was being slowly lowered into the grave, the band rendered, in an exquisitely soft and melodious maimer, that beautifully melancholy air, "Sweet spirit, hear my prayer." All路 heads were uncovered and bowed in sorrow, tears were coursing 'down the cheeks of nearly every person in that large audience, and just at that time a gentle shower of rain descended, which lasted but a few moments only, and seemed as though the heavens themselves were weeping. It was indeed a solemnly sublime scene, and brought forth the remark from many, " Blessed is the corpse that the rain rains on." . It was thus on the banks of the historic' Brandywine, on ap. elevated and beautiful spot overlooking its meandering course and the beautiful city of Wilmington, that we laid in its last resting place all that was morlal of GEORGE FRANK GOULEY, Fraternally, WILLIAM H. MAYO. Following the Memorial read by Bro. GARRETT, and the report of Bro. MAYO, addresses were made by Brethren in the order named below: JOHN D. VINCIL, O. ROOT, JR" MARTIN COLLINS, JAMES E. CADLE and R. E ANDERSON, These addresses were expressive of the high estimate in which the deceased was held by the speakers, evidencing depth of feeling and tender affectlOn for our departed Brother. They were clear exhibitions of the elements of character and genuine qualities found in the man thousands had learned to admire and love. The worth, spirit" lITld nobility of the deceased were developed, and his Masonic, as well as personal virtues, were fully amplified. The tears of Brethren present, not participating in the exercises as speakers, were eloquent testimonials to the worth of the fallen, and proved how deeply, tenderly and fondly all cherished him while living, and mourned him now dead. Right Worshipful Bro. N. M. GIVAN presented framed resolutions of respect, sympathyand condolence from the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. The same were appropriately received by Most Worshipful Bro. RYLAND, and ordered hung in the office of the Grand Secretary. Bro. WILLIAM H. STONE appeared before the Grand Lodge with res<;>lutions of George Washington Lodge, No.9, and at the same time presented in feeling terms a large and striking portrait of Bro. GOULEY. The portrait was received by Bro. SAMUEL H. OWENS, ill behalf of the Grand Lodge, in a brief and touching address. After theseyaried and deeply impressive ceremonies had engaged the attention and evoked the feeling of the Brethren for a time, Bro. READY moved the adoption of the memori~l paper by a rising vote. Grand Master RYI.AND concluded the services by a beautiful closing tribute, when the vote was taken and adopted unanimously, all the Brethren rising to their feet. Thus ended the formal ceremony of honoring our loved and cherished Brother. Though no further memorial services may be held, tributes offered, and eUlogies pronounced, yet in our hearts there will ever be an ovation paid to his name. In the temple of memory there will live'a votive tablet; on which will shine in undimmed lustre forever, the word GOULEY. No Vesta need stand there to keep aglow the warm fires of


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MEMORY

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affection. Fraternal devotion will be the holy ministrant at that shrine, and offer the incense of loving friendship from one who had tried and trusted FRANK, and never fOUl)d him wanting. When the lamented O'SULLIVAN was suddenly cut down, .in 1866, the writer of these lines, then being Grand Master, appointed Bro. GauLEY to the position he so honored and elevated. In such appointed eapacity he served fourteen months; was elected at the session in October, 1867, and re-elected eight succes5ive times. During that and a subsequent term of office the value of Bro. GauLEY'S services as' an ofl1cer and counsellor was beyond expression. In making mention of said services in my first annual address, the following language occurs: "I could compliment Bro. GauLEY very highly for his urbanity, kindness and aid in my arduous labors, but prefer to build his monument after he is dead, if I should outlive him. I have no fears but I shall be fully justified by this Grand Lodge, and the Fraternity at large, for making the appointment, and that he will be endorsed as a faithful officer, and honored by his Brethren with higher and more lasting expressions than mere words." These lines were written ten years ago. Little did he think, who wrote them, that the time would come when he would join in the mournful task of rearing a monument to the young and vigorous Grand Secretary. How well verified were the prophetic words, that he would be "honored by bis Brethren with higher and more lasting expressions than mere words," need not be recorded here. The entire satisfaction felt by the thousands of Missouri Craftsmen concerning him as a Grand officer, the confidence reposed in him year after year by his official superiors and co-workers, justUies the prophecy made ten years ago, that he would yet challcnge the highest confidences and appreciation of his Brethren. No act, official or otherwise, ever gave the writer more deep pleasure than assigning Bro. GaULEY to the post of duty vacated by him whose last words contained a solemn charge: "Take care of the affairs of the Grand Lodge." When these words were uttered by the dying O'SULLIVAN to his trusted assistant, the young man could not see the mantle of the old veteran about to descend upon him. He sought not the ~ responsible trust laid aside by the aged Grand Secretary. While letters and telegrams poured in upon me, asking for the position, no application ever came from GEORGE FRANK GOULEY, nor did he allow anyone to seek thc place for him. His merit and his modesty secured an appointment that office-seeking aspirants never could gain. When tendered to him, he accepted it without hesitation. Entering upon the discharge of official duties and responsibilities, he prosecuted the labors of his trust with a vigor, zeal and fidelity characteristic of the man, and prompted' by the last charge of his illustrious predecessor-" TAKE CARE OF THE AFFAIRS OF THE GRAND LoDGE."

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How well that injunction was"remembered, and how faithfully kept, the history of our Grand Lodge for ten years attests, and its present position before the :Masonic world is offered in evidence.. The opinion was expressed by the writer, months ago, that the Grand Lodge of Missouri might elect a Grand Secretary, but it would never have another FRANK GaULEY, or find one to fill his place. That opinion has undergone no modification since the reccnt choice of the Grand Lodge, with all due respect to the views of the Brethren. The loss to the Grand Lodge of Missouri is irreparable. The loss to the l\lasonic Fraternity is universal. This loss is felt wherever the name of GOULEY was known. And where had it not gone among Masons? The sentiments of sorrow and expressions of grief wailed themselves over our continent, swelled amid the Craft in the Old World, and stirred the depths of Masonic sympathy in every clime. From the far away land of the Pyramids swept messages of condolence and utterances of distressful regrets at our great bereavement. If all the deliverances of Grand and subbrdinate bodies, in this country and foreign lands, were embodied in book form, offered as they WCi'e spontaneously as tributes to the memory of Bro. GaULEY, they would make a lIfEMORIAL 'Volume worthy the library of every Mason upon the globe. They would constitute a monument far more to be desired than any column reared over the sleeping dust of buried greatness, though made of the finest Parian marble. pEORGE FRANK GoULEY had no occasion to utter the prayer of CHARLES DICKENS-路 " IJORD KEEP MY lIfElIlORY GREEN."

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FRANK GOU.LEY.

Though he sleeps where first he saw the light, and his mother ~te holds the mortal part, Missouri, the home of his adoption and manhood's years, holds his name and memory as a more priceless treasure. 'We envy not our sister jurisdiction the sacred trust she enjoys as custodian ofthe dust. We had the jewel as ours, and prized its lustre, till the crushed casket surrendered the gem, amid ruin, desolation and sorrow. As smoke and flame-the ghost of matter-blinded and terrified thousands of appalled human beings on the 11th of April, 1877, that jewel was uncased, and went to find immortal affinities from the jurisdiction he loved so well. Who knows but among his last looks his eyes turned from the fiery sea around, abo"e, beneath, to the office in Masonic Hall. Who knows but his last thoughts, lingering tenderly around the companion of other years, turned wistfully to the work he prized, and his last uttered but unheard charge was, "TAKE CARE OF THE AFFAIRS OI<' THE GRAND LODGE." , Dear FRANK, by God's help, WE WILL. Though sleeping in dreamless silence in thine own native home, voice..<; of greeting eo me upon the wind, and smiles come with every rising sun from the East to us in the West, saying, "ALL HAIL."

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pondence for more than ten HE RESTS FROM LAHOR, AN. H"

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ELECTED GRAND MASTER OF THE

GRAND LODGE OF MISSOURI, OCTOBER, 1867,

And closed his only official term creditably one year thereafter.

THE REFINED GENTLEMAN, GENIAL FRIEND, AND DEVOTED MASON 路HAS PASSED THE CLOUD-CURTAIN OF MENTAL GLOOM. ... AND THERE SHALL BE NO NIGHT THERE."

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ANNUAL COMMUNICATION IN 1878. The Fifty-eighth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge will be held in St. Louis, commencing at 10 o'clock, on the morning of the First Tuesday after the Second Monday (viz, the 15th day,) in .October, 1878.


APPENDIX.

G. L.-PRO. i.


DI STRIO TSAN D D. D. G. MA-8 TERS. GRAND SECRETARY'S STATEMENT SHOWI~G J,OCATION OF

LODGES ACCORDING TO DISTRicTS TOGErHER WITH THE P'OPULATION IN EACH . COUNTY AS . TAKEN FROM THE LAST CENSUS.

â&#x20AC;˘ FIRs'r DISTRICT. S. W. B. CARNEGY, D. D. G. M' I CANTON.

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County. Scotland 00 do

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10,GiO)..............

Name of Lodge. l\Iemphis 41. Aetna ~ 3.iS Kilwinning

Location. :Memphis. Actlla. Ulliontmvn.

Wyaconda Uonticello A Canton Farmers Craft Will iamstown 494 Lewbtown

Langrange. :M:onticcllo. Canton. LaBelle. Canton. Williamstown. Lewistown.

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Lewis (pO]). 1.;:5,1.14 do do do do do do

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Clark (pop. 13,6Gi) do do

. 180 Des }loines . 290 Fairmoullt . ::>18 Eldorado .. 3G2 Hiram

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24 58 100 222 2Si 3iO

404

Athens. Fairmonnt. Lllray. Kahoka. Alexandria.

Alexandria

SECOND DISTHICT. W~L

"rarion do do do do ~helby

do do do

(POl). 22,;:504)

{JJOp. 10,119)

H. HALL! D. D. G. M' I HANNIBAL. ~arion.

.. 18 Palmyra .. 28 St. Johns .. 188 Hannibal . ,106 Itnrrr,a .. 502 Philadelphia

Hallnibal. Hannibal. Hallllibal. Philadelphia.

. 9G St. Andrews . 415 Hunllewcll .. 228 Shelbina . 305 Clarcllce

Shclbyville. Hllllllcwell. ShcIbina. CIurcnce.

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Appendix. THIRD DISTRICT. I

LEE A-. HALL, D. D. G. 1\1., CLARKSVILLE.

County. :\fonroe (pop. 17,149) 0.0 do do

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do

do do do

H!tlls(]Jop~ 10,510)....................

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Pike (pop. 33,076) do do do do do do do do do

No. Name of Lodge. 19 Paris Union 23 Florida 42 Middle Grove 64 . IIfonroe 91 Madison 223 Woodlawn 240 Granville 4G2 Santa Fe 33 235 302 307

17 .. 75 . 92 .. 136 .. 137 ..

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:3!J9 192 '19;) '199

Ralls Ionic Liek Creek New LondoH Clarksville Ashley Perseyveranee Phmnix PrairieviTIe Spenccrsburg Pike Frankfort Globe

Location. Paris. Florida. Middle Grove. :Monroe. lIIadison. Woodlawn. Granville. Santa Fe. Center. Van HensslJl-Cr. Perry. :New London.

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Clarksville. Ashley. Lolllsiana. Bowling Green. Prairievillc. Spencersburg. Curryville. Frankfort. Louisiana..

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Payn~sville

P~tynesville.

FOURTH DISTRICT. WM. H. CRENSHAW, D. D. G.

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SALEM,

Ht. Charles (pop. 21,130)........... 46 Wentzville do 124 Dardenne do 241 Palestine do 2()0 ~Iechanic~ville

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Lincoln (pop. 11,037)............... 14 Auburn do 34 Troy do 19!1 Kew Hope do 270 New Salem do 428 Louisville do 473 Ninevah \",arrell (l)OP. 9,673>.. do do

11 ii4 281

Pauldingville J)ouglas \Yarrenton

LI~COLN

CO.

\Ventzville. O'Fallon. S(.. Charles. lIfeeh!tJlicsville. Auburn. Troy. New Hope. New Salem. Louisville. Kinevah. 'Vright City. lIfllrthnsvilie. \\'arrcntoll.

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FIFTH DISTRICT. HORACE W. POCOKE, D. D. G. 1\(., MONTGOMERY CITYâ&#x20AC;˘

. ')fontgomery (pop. 10,403) do do do

.. 72 Danville .. 178 Griswold .. 246 1I10ntgomer'y .. 250 High Hill

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Danville. Price's Branch. Molltgom'ry City. High Hill.


Appendix. Fi;fth District Continued.] .Couuty. . No. Na.me of Lodge. )fontgomery (pop. 10,405)........ 261 Florence do :\74- Golden Hule do :\7;) Plumb do 194 Wellsville do 492 Daggett

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Locaiion. Florence. Jonesburg. 路Middletown. Wellsville. Loutre Island. ~ew

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SIXTH DISTRICT. Boone (1)OP. 20,7(5)................... 69 C~ntm.lia do 67 Hochcport do 111 Twilight do .. , 156 Ashland do' 174 Sturgeon do D. D. Hallsville Howard (pop. 17,233 do do do do

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47

.. 51 . 70 .. 356 .. 4

Ccntralia. Rocheport. C9l11111oia. Ashland. Sturgeon. Hallsville.

Fayette Livingston : Roanoke Ancient Lundmark Howard

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Fa.yette. Glasgow. Roanoke. Landmark. New Franklin.

SEVENTH DISTRICT. W

Randolph (pop. do do do do do do

S. STOCKWELJ_, D. D. G. l\L, SALISBURY. 1;),~J08)

Chariton (pop. 19,13;禄 do dq

do do Carroll do do do

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(]lOp. 17,445)

:\0 Huntsville 44 Jaeksonville 151 Milton

Hul1tc;ville. Jacksonvllle. l\Iilton. Cliftoll IIill. :.. Henick. :Moberly. Cairo.

161 Clifton Hill.. IS6 ?lforality 344 Moberly 486 Cairo

Eureka 74- Warren . 202 Westville .. 208 Salisbury: . 394 ~Dagan

Brunswick. Keytesville. Westville. Salisbury. l\Icndon.

. 52 Wakanda \ :\73 :Mandeville .. 417 Covenant .. 24!l Carroll

Carrollton. Mandeville. Carroliton. Norborne.

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EIGHTH DISTRICT. DA VID BAIRD, D. D. G.

Knox (pop. 10,974) do do do do

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6

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IGS 181

291 路114

Ark Colony Novelty Edina Greensburg

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)URKSVILLE.

Newark. Colony; Novelty. Ed,ina.. Grccnsburg.


Appendix. Ei,qhth District Continued.] \ County. (pop. 23,230...........

No.

Name oj Lodge. 38 Callao do .. ;.................................. 102 Bloomington do 146 l\lcGee do 237 LaPlam do 268 Lodge of Truth do 402 Gavel : do 172 Censer . do 498 Kaseyville

~lacon

.\dair (pO]>. 11,449) do

Location. \

Callao. Bloomin~on.

College Mound. LaPlata. Atlanta. New Cmnbria. l\facon. Kaseyville.

819 Paulville 105 Kirksville

Paulville. Kirksville.

NIN'rH DISTRICT. G. W. WILSON, D. D. G. l\L, QUl'jEN CITY.

Schuyler (lWP. 7,987)............... 2路59 Lodge of Love do 379 Coatesville do 380 Queen City Ito 427 Glcllwood do 2路14 Middle Fabius

Lancaster. Coatesvil>e. Queen City. Glcllwood. Downing.

Sullivan (pop. 11,908).............. 21 'Greencastle 126 Searnan do do 389 Arcana do :............... 447 Fairview

Greencastle. :Milan. \Vintero:ville. Scottsville.

Putnam.( pop. 11,217)........ do do

Hartford 190 Putnanl 210 Unionville

: Hartford. Newtown. Unionville.

] 7]

TENTH DISTRICT. W. K. M'GRATH, D. D. G. 1\1., TR"~N'l'ON.

Grundy (pop. 10,567)............... 111 Trenton do 141 Oriental. do 2:)3 Lindley

Trenton. Trcnton. Lindley.

,

)Jercer (pop. 11,5(7)................ 35路 Mercer do 206 $omerset.. do 2.58 Ravanna

:

Princeton. Cleopatra. Ravauna.

ELEVENTH DISTR[CT. I

D. J.

Harrison (pop. ]4,635) do do do

H"~ASTO;,\,

D. D. G. l\{., BETHANY.

. 97 Bethany .. 2."17 Lodge of Light, .. 328 Cainsville .. 442 Mt. Lebanon

Bethany. Eag-Ieville. Cainsville. !lft. Moriah.


Appendix. ElC1.:enth Di拢trict Continned.] Count!!. Gentry (pop. 11,607).............. ... do :..................... do do .0.0

No. 12:j 127 252 312 349

!.....

00

377

do do

332 U.D.

Worth (pop.5,004)................... 198 do : 2<'3-1 do 321 do : l7. D.

Name of Lodge. Gentryville : Athens Alanthus 11ft. Pleasant Lone Stur Ancient Craft Ryland Havunnu Allensville Lilly Jonathan Defiullce

:

Location. Gentryville. Albany .. Alanthus Grove. Mt. Pleasant. Lone Star. King City. Berlin. H路avanna. Allendale. : Grant City. Denver. Defianee.

TWELFTH DISTRICT. A. l\f. DOCKERY, D. D. G. M., GALLATIN.

Culdwell (pop. 11.3(0).............. 166 1Iirabile do 224 Hainilton do 334 Breckenridge do 118 Kingston Daviess (pop. 14,419).............. 15 do ();) do 201 do 488 do 500 do U. D.

\Vestern Star Pattonsburg Jalnesport Lock Spring

Mirabile. Hamiltoll. Breckenridge. Kingswn. ".:

:

Jan1eson.~

Civil Bend

.'..Victoria. Puttonsburg.. Jun1esport. : Lock Spring; Jameson. Civil Bend.

THIRTEENTH DISTRICT. B. F. RECORDS, D. D. G. 1\1., LIBERTY.

Ray (pop. 18,700) do do do do do do

.. .. .. . .. .

Clay (pop. 15,.564) do do do do do

. . . .. .

.

.

57 ::109 ::122 338 ::1M 393 444

Richmond King Hiram Hardin :Myrtle Harmony Bee Hive Ada

31 Liberty 193 Angerona 207 Clay 2S!l Acacia 311 Kearney 438 Temperance

Richmond. Knoxville. Hardin. :Millville. , Vibbard. Lllwson Station. Orrick. !.

Liberty. Missonri City. Greenville. Paradise P. O. Kearney. Smithville.

FOURTEENTH DISTRICT. D. P. WALLINGFORD, D. D. G. M., 8'1'. JOSEPH.

Buchanan (pop. 35,109) do do

..

. ..

Agency Wellington 7S St. Joseph 10

22

Agency. De Kalb. St. Joseph.

..


Appendix. F'rnwteenth District Continued.] County.

lYO.

Name of Lodge.

Location. Easton. Halleek. St. Joseph. Arnoldsville. Rushville. 8. Joseph. Kcar St. Joe.

101 Easton 150 Birming 189 Zeredatha

do do do do· do do do

,

\. . 204 Rowley 238 Rushville 331 Charity 376 King HilL.

:

FIFTEENTH DISTRICT. JAMES S. HART, D. D. O. 1\:L, MOUND CITY • .\.tehison (pop. 8,440)......... do do :..... do

157 200 357 483

North Star Sonora Phelps Irish Grove

Holt (pop. 11,652)..................... 139 do 21·1 do 294 do 371

Oregon Forest City lIIound City Craig.:

Roekport. Sonora. Phelps City. Irish Grove. ,

Oregon. Forest <{ity. lIIound City. Craig.

· :

SIXTEENTH DISTRICT. •TAMES B. AUS'l'IN, D. D. G. M •. ST. LOUIS. ~t. Louis (pop. 492,000)............. do do do do

~~

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

do do do dO' do do do do do do do do do do do do . do do do do do

1 2 3 9 20

MissQuri.. :M:eridian Beacon George Washiligton St. Louis

St. St. St. St. St.

Louis. Louis. Louis. Louis. Louis.

~~ ~I~~~~;~~h::::::::::::::::::::::·":·.·.:::::::::::~~: ~~~::

~j Bonhonlnlc

79 Polar Star 80 Bridgeton 121. Erwin 163 Oecidental 167 Orient Franeais 179 ,Pride of the West 218 Good Hope 243 Keystonc 267 Aurora 281 ·Fenton 282 Cosmos 323 Corller Stone 360 Tuscan._ 416 Cache 420 Itasca 443 Anchor 445 West Gate 460 Lambskin 484 Kirkwood U. D. l\Ieramec

:

:

L :

?>Janchcster. St. Louis. Bridgeton. St. Louis~ St. Louis. St. Louis. St. Louis. South St. Louis. St. Louis. St. Louis. Fenton. St. Louis. St. Louis. St. Louis: South St. Louis. St. Louis. St. Louis. St. Louis. St. Louis. Kirkwood. Eureka.


,Appendix. SEVEN'rEENTH DISTRICT. .TOHN H. PUGH, D. D. G. M., UNION.

County. Franklin do do do do do do

(1)0]).

30,098)

No. .

.. . . .. .. .

27 159 173 2.51 363 37 69

Name of Lodge. Everg-reen

Location. New Haven.

Pacific

:

Vnion Hope FraternaL Cedar Sullivl1n

Pacific.

:

Union. \Vashington. Robert.5ville. Shotwell. Sullivan.

EIGHTEENTH DISTRICT. WILLIAM CARTF.R, D. D. G. M., FARMINGTON.

Ste. Genevieve (lJOP. 8,384)...... 220 Saline

St. Mary's.

St. Francois (pop. 9.741)............ do do do' .'...................

Farmington. Libertyville. ' Big River :!Inlls. lron Mountain.

132 Farmington

234 St. Francois 424 San1aritll.n 430 Iron Mountain

Madison UJOp. 5,859)................ 110 Marcus

Fredericktown.

NINETEENTH DISTRICT. WILLIAM B. WILSON, D. D. G. M., CAPE

GIRARD~AU.

Cape Girardeau (pop. 17,558)..... 93 St. :i\iarks do 103 '\Vcstview do 221 Mystic Tie do 441 Excelsior

Cape Girardeau. l\lillersville. Oak Ridge. .Jackson.

Perry (pop. 9,877)...................... 457 Triple Tie

Brazeau, Abernathy P. O. Marble Hill. Lutes'ville.

Bollin~er (pop.

8,162)................

do

298 Marble HilL 440 Trowel.

TWENTIETH DISTRICT. :J. H. BETHUNE, D. D. G. M., CHARLESTON. Pemiseott (pop. 2,509)............... 461 Caruthersville

:

Caruthersville.

New Madrid (pop. 6,357).......... 176 PointPleasant do 429 New 1IIadrid

Point Pleasant. New :lIladrid.

Mississippi (pop. 4,982).:.......... 129 CharlestoD

Charleston.

Scott (pop. 7,317)...................... 306 Ashlar do 310 Sikeston

Commerce. Sikeston.

G. L.-PRO. 8.


Appendix. TWENTY-FIRST DISTRICT. VAN H. HARRISON, D. D. G. 1\1., CLARK'l'ON. Cou.nty.

No.

Dunklin (pop. 5,982)................. do do ;........ do ..:..................................

130 212 215 347

Name of Lodge. West Prairie Four Mile ; Hornersville Landmark '

,.

Location. Clarkton. Four Mile. Cotton Plant. Kennett.

~

Stoddard (pop. 8,53-j)............... 13:~ Bloomfield do 489 Lakeville

Bloomfield. Lakeville.

T\VE~TY-SECOND DISTRICT.

Butler (pop. 4,208).

209 Poplar Bluff

Carter (pop. 1,455)

Poplar Bluff.

..

Ripley (pop. 3,754).................... 304 Faithful... do ..:................... 369 Composite

:.Little Black. Doniphan.

Wayne (pop. 6,0(8).................. 158 Johnson do 449 Piednlont

Greenville. Piedmont.

TWENTY-THIRD l?IS'l'RICT. ERASTUS B. SMI'l'H, D. D. G. M., PO'TUSI.

Washington (pop. 11,719)......... 12 Tryo do 131 Potosi : do ,. 143 Irondale

Caledonia. Potosi. Irondale.

Iron (poP. 6,278) do

133 Star of the West 351 :Mosaic

Ironton. Belleview.

Reynolds (pop .. 3,756)......

4;jij Barnesville

Logan's Creek.

TWENTY-FOURTH DISTRIC'r. CHARLES D. EI'l'ZEN, D. D. G. 1\1., HERMANN.

.

\

Gasconade (pop.l0,093)............ 123 Hermann Osage (pop. 10,793) 66 Linn do ,................ 185 Chamois do ,......... 432 Douphine' Maries (pop. 5,915)

Hermann. Linn. Chanlois. Dauphine.

.

TWENTY-FIFTH DISTRICT. J. 1\1.

Crawford (pop. 9,982) do : Phelps (pop. 10,507) do do Dent (pop. 6,3(7)

ORC~ARD,

.

..

D. D. G. M., SALEM.

77 Lebanon 94' Evening Star

.. 230 St.James . 346 Arli'ngton . 236 Rolla :.

225 Salem

: :

Steelville. Cuba. ~St. James. Arlington Rolla. Salem.


Appendix. TWENTY-SIXTH DISTRICT. JOHN E. BARNES, D. D. G. M., LICKING.

County. Shannon (pop.

,Name of Lodge.

No.

Location.

2,:\:\9) ......•••......

Oregon (pop. 3,287). 255 Alton do :..................... 387 "roodside

Alton. 'fholnasville.

Texas (pop. 9,61R)...................... 177 lTcxRii do 2!l1) ~atimer do 469 Plato

Houston. Licking. Plato.

Howcll (pop. 4,218)

West Plains.

327 Mt. Zion

TWENTY-SEVENTH DISTltleT. JAS. E. CARTER, D. D. G. M., JEFFERSON CITY.

Cole (pop. 10,292)..................... do

43 Jefferson 211 Hickory Hill..

.Jcffcl1ion City. IIiekory Hill.

';\Iiller (pop. 6,616).................... 134 Plcasant Mount do 410 Ibcria do 437 Tusculnbia

Pleasant 1\1ount. Iberill. Tuscullibia.

TWENTY-EIGH'l'H DIS'fRICT. .TOHN W. FARRIS. D. D. G. M., LEBANON.

Pulaski (pop. 4,711).................. 3H2 Richland

Riehland.

Camdcn (pop. 6,108)................ 152 Linn Creek Laelede (pop. 9,380)

do do

; ..

Linn Creek.

83 Laelcdc

Lcbanon. Lcbanon. Newbllrg.

.. 401 Centre .. 423 Ncwburg

TWEN'fY-NINTH DISTRICT. .J. W. ROBER'l'SON, D. D. G. M., OZARK. Douglass (pop. 3,915)................

..

. \.

Ozark (pop. 3,636).................... ,196 Hobert BllrJIs Tancy (pop. 4,406)

453

l~orsyth

Christian (Imp. 6,707)................ 352 Fricnd

:

Gainesville: Forsyth. Ozark.

THIRTIE'rH DIS'fRICT. JONATHAN E. TEFFT, D. D. G. ,\1., SPRINGFIELD.

Webster (pop. 10,434)............... 98 'Vebst~r do ,159 Hazelwood do 139 l\It. Olive "'right (lJO]). 5,8(4) do

~..

411 Joppa 477 Hcnderson

l\Iarshfield. 'Valdo. 'Vcbster. Hartvillc: IIendcrson.


Appendix. Thirtieth Di8trict Continued.] County. Greene (pop. 21,549)................. do do do do do do do do

No.

Name oj Lodge.

' Location. Ebenezer. Springfield. Fair Grove. Brookline. N. SpriJlgfield. Cave Spring. Springfield. Walnut Grove. Strafford.

145 Rising Star 271 Solomon 297 Ozark 341

Relief

422 Gate of the Temple 435 St. Xicholus 5 United 7

O'Sullivan

497 Strafford

'"

THIRTY-FIRST DISTRICT. J. M. RITCHEY, D. D. G. M., NEWTONIA.

McDonald (pop. ;\226)............. 148 ylincey do 358 Comfort. do :... 115 Border

Pineville. Rocky Comfort. Sollth \Vest City.

Kewton (pop. 12,821) do do do

478 Racine

Xewtonia. Granby. Neosho. Racine.

367 Barry 383 Pythagoras

Washbum. Cassville.

路.........

247 Neosho

Barry (pop. 10,373) do Stone (I)QP. 3,253)

:

175 NewtoIJ 216 Granby

.

THIRTY-SECOND DISTRICT. E. P. LINZEE, D. D. G. 1\[., 1\1'1'. VERNON.

Lawrence (pop. 13,067)............ 269 Rock Prairie do 390 Marionville do 400 Deeatur do 452 Verona do 468 Red Oak do 99 ~H. Vernon

-:'

Jasper (pop. 11,929).................. 197 Carthage do 278 Avilla do 293 Sarcoxie do 335 1\ledoc do 345 Fellowship do 398 Jasper do : l................ 471 l\lineral.

Dunkle's Store. Marionville. Peirce City. Verona. Gray's Point. l\It. Vernon. Carthage. Avilla. Sarcoxie. East Joplin. Joplin. l\1idway. Oronogo.

THIRTY-THIRD DIS'rRICT. J. E. HARDING, D. D. G. 1\拢., NEVADA.

Vernon (POI). 11,216)................ 303 Osage do : 448 Schell Citv do 490 l\lontevallo do 451 Argyle do 493 Vernon

:

Nevada. Schell City. l\Iontevallo. Nevada. l\Iounds.


Appendix. Thirty-thi1'd DiBt1'ict Continued.]

.\

Name of Lodge. I County., No. Dade (pop. ~,(i88)..................... 8i Washington

do do

1'lG

4;-)8

Barton (pop. 5,08i) do

Location. Greenfield. Greenfie1d. Dadeville.

Greenfield l\lelville ~

292 Lamar 1i5 Golden

Lanlflr. Golden City.

THIRTY-FOURTH DISTInCT. J. D.

AnB"~,

D. D. G. M., BOLIVAR.

H:ekory (pop. G,452)................ 2i9 Hogle's Creek.: do 288 liennitage;

Quiney. Hermit.'tge.

Polk (pop. 12,44;'»..................... 144 l\fodcm do lfiO PleasanL do lUi) Bolivar do 431 Cen1ent do 16i Pleasant IIope Dallas (pop. 8,383).......... do do

Humansville. l\Iorrisville. Bolivur. I1itlf·\Vay. Plea~allt Hope.

:

300 Doric 3G1 lUddick 3~)6

Forkner·s JIill. BufJiJJo. Louisburg-.

Western Light

Cedar (pO]). 9,4i4).................... 283 Stockton do 28G Hespcrian do 309 Garrett do ·182 Clintonville

RtDekton. Virgil City. \\'hitc Hare. ClilltoIlville.

:

THIRTY-FIFTH DISTRICT. J. G. 1\HDDLECOFl<" D. H. G. 1\L, CJ,INTON.

Henry (pop. 1i,401) do do do do do do

.

. .. .. . . .

29 \Vindsor oS Tebo 184 Calhoull 343 Ag-ricola 408 ·Montrose 42G "Leesville 481 Clinton

:

~

St. Clair (po}J.G,i42).................. 2i:1 St. Clair do :142 Circ~le do 40:3 Lowry City do 419 Star do 412 Appleton City

THIRTY-SI~TH

\Vindsor. Clinton. CalhouIl. l\orris ]"ork. J\1ontrosl'. Leesville. Clillton.

:

Oseeola. l{oscoe. Lowry City. Tabervillc. Appletoll City.

DI8TRICT.

:1<'. H. CLARK, D. D. ·G. 1\£., EAST LYNN. Cass (pop. 19,29G) do do do

.

. 147 Cass .. 2iG Grand River .. 372 Konpareil.

Harrisonville. Freeman. ·East Lynne.


.J1ppendix~ 'l'hirty-sixth Di13t1'ict Continued.] County.

No.

Cass (pop. 19,296)..................... do do do

286 40.5 219 450

Name of Lad.qc. Dayton Meridian Sun Everett Belton

:

Location. Dayton. Austin. Everctt.. Belton.

THIRTY-8EVE~TH DISTRICT. A. 1\1. I1I'IN'l'YRE, D. D. G. M., FORT LYON.

Benton (pop. 11,322) do do

:365 '\'arsaw

Warsaw. Fort Lyon. Lincoln.

418 Clear Creek 454 Benton

::\lorgan (pop. 8,434).................. 381 Ionia do 421 Euclid do .. , 117 Versailles

Bllrnettsville. Versailles. Versailles.

.'

THIRTY-EIGHTH ·DISTRICT. W. M. WILLIAMS, D. D. G. M., BOONEVILLE. I

Coop.er (pop. 2°,(92)................. 36 Cooper do 142 Pleasant Grove do ·456 'ValIace Pettis (pop. 18,796) do do do do do do .'.. do

.. . . . . .. .

Moniteau (pop. 11,335) do do

5fi Tipton . 1&'3 California .. 295 Moniteau

Booneville. Ottcrville. Bunceton.

:

.

2:3G Sedalia 2i2 Granite 340 Amity

Lamonte Paragon 88 Dresden 84 Potter

:

43fi

:

48;)

Sedalia. Sedalia. Smithton. Lamonte. Green Ridge. Dresden. Longwood. Tipton. California. Jamestown.

..

THIRTY-NINTH DISTRICT. ROBERT HALE, D. D. G. M., LEXINGTON.

Lalarette (pop. 2.'3,(23) do do do do do do SA.1ine (lWP. 21,682) do do do do do do do

.. .. . .. . .

61 122 149 320 4M 471 32

Waverly Dover Lcxington Chapel Hill AulIville Mount Hope Lafayette

.

55

.. .

63

Arrow Rock Cambridge Miami. Trilumina Barbee Tranquility

..

8f> 20;) 217 27':) 337 487

: ,

:

Waverly. Dover. Lexington. :Chapel Hill. AulIville. M:ount Hope. Lexington .. Arrow Rock. ; Cambridgc. 1\fiami. Marshall. Brownsville. Centreville.

~:~~ad~~:~::::·.::·.::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::~~d~~~ld.


Appendix. FORTIETH DISTRICT.. WM. E. WHITING, D. D. G. M., KANSAS CITY.

County. Jackson...... do do do do do do do do do do do do

No. Name of Lodge. 76 Independence ]04 Heroine 107 Golden Square 220 Kansas City 316 RuraL 364 King David 299 Temple : 232 Lone Jack 263 Summit 324 :l\fcDonald 39] Raytown 392 Christian 501 Buckner

Location. Independence. KAllsas City. West Port. Kansas City. Kansas City. Kansas City. Kansas City. L'one Jack. Lee's Summit. Independence. Rllytown. Pink Hill. Buckner.

FORT Y-SECOND DISTRICT. RICHARD W. M'MULLIN, D. D. G. M.,路HILLSBORO.

Jefferson (pop. 15,380)............. 119 De Soto do 164 Joachim do 256' 8hckinah

De Soto. lIillsboro. Hl1uover.

;

FORTY-THIRD DISTRICT. P'ETER GODFREY, D. D. G. M., FULTON.

Callaway (pop. 19,202) do do do do do do do do

.

.. . . .. .. . . ..

8 Williamsburg 48 60 81 ]54

242

314 42;3 187

:Williamsburg. Fulton. New Bloomfield. IIallville P. O. Concord. Portland. St. Aubert. Ccdar City.

Fulton New Bloomfield Hickory Grove Concord Portland 81. Aubert. Cedar City Henry Clay

~fillersburg.

FORTY-FOURTH DISTRICT. . GEORGE R. HUNT, D. D. G. M., WARRENSBURG.

JohnsoH (pop.24,M9).:............. 229 Mitchell do 245 Knob Noster do 262 Holden do 264 Fa)'etteville do 265 Corinthian do 280 Lodge of Peace do 313 Kingsville do 466 Centre Vicw do 13-5 "'arrensburg

:

~

Columbus. Knob Noster. :.. IIol.den. Fayetteville. \Vllrrcnsburg. Chilhowee. Kingsville. Ccutre Vicw. \Varrensburg.


Appendix. FORTY-FIFTH DISTRIC1\ F. ;T. TYGARD, D. D. G. M., BUTLER . .Name of Lodge. No. 140 Papinville

Count'l/.

Bates (pop. 15,960)... do do do do

254

Butler

:

,

315 Altona

~:

350 Tyrian 368 Crescent HilL

LocaJ.ion. Papinville. Butler. Altona. Johnstown. Crescent Hill.

FORTY-SIXTH DISTRICT. REUBEN BARNEY, D. D. O. M., CHILLICOTHE.

Livingston (pop. 16,731) do do do do do Linn (pop. 15,(00) do do do do do

.

.. . .. . .

Friendship Benevolence Chillicothe Alexander Farmersville 434 Wheeling

Chillicothe. Attica. Chillicothe. Bedford. Farmersville. Wheeling.

89 170 333 385' 388

82 Jackson . 86 Brookfield . 90 King Solol11on .. 227 Cypress .. 233 Bucklin . 325 Dockery

Linneus. Brookfield. St. Catherine. Laclede.

_.

,

Bucklill.

Bottsv ille.

FORTY-SEVENTH DISTRIC'l'. I .. A. BARITEAU, D. D. G. M., MARYVILLE.

Kodaway (pop. 14,751).............. 112 Graham do 16.') r-Iaryville do 196 Quitlnan do ,............ 301 \Vhite Hall - do 32!) Kennedy do 470 Nodaway do 472 Pickering do 474 Guilford do 50 Xenia Andrew (pop. 1;,,137) do do do do do

..

.. .. .. .. ..

Graham. :Maryville. Quitn111n.

Barnurd. Lan1a.r Station. ::i\Iaryville. Pickering. Guilford. llopkins.

Savannah Lincoln : Whitesville Rochester 3-53 Benj. Franklin 413 Valley 71 138 162 248

Savannah. Filmore. Whitesville. Rochester. Savannah. Bolckow.

FORTY-EIGHTH DISTRTC'r. J.1\1. MARMADUKE, D. D. O. M., MF:XICO.

Audrain (pop. 12,307).............. 26 l\fexico do 166. Social. do . 3-54 Hebron do 491 Vandalia

:

M:exico. lIlartinsburg. r-lexico. Vandalia.


Appendix. FORTY-NINTH DISTRICT. MILTON HELWIG, D. D. G. 1\L, CAMERON.

County. De Kalb, (pop. 9,g.')~)................ do do :........................

No

Clinton, (pop. 14,663) do do do do do

49 62 ] 13 3.'30 397 296

.

:

. .. .. .. .

Name of Lodge.

182 Stewartsville 317 Osborn : 308 Parrott

Haynesville Vincil Plattsburg Lathrop Gower Cameron

Location. Stewartsville. Osboru. :Maysville.

Haynesville. Cameron. Plattsburg. Lathrop. Gower. Cameron. \

FIFTIETH DIS']'RICT. H. H. HEDGES, D. D. G. M., WESTON.

Piatte, (pop. 17,352).................. ]3 Rising Sun fJ3 \Veston do 120 Compass do 169 Camden Point do 191 Zerubbabel do 274 Newml1rket do

~~

do

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

;

Barry. \Veston. Parkville. Camden Point. Plattc City. N'ewmarket.

~~;' 1~de~~~~::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::~~~~~;·~1illS. 366 l'nanilnity

\\'eston.


..

REPORT OF GRAND LECTURER.

ST. LOUIS, October, 1877.

XF.l\OPHON RYLAND, E:;Q., Grand J}fas/e1' oj flfaJ;ons, Laington, il{o.: MOST WonSHIPFt;L SIR AND BHoTJ-um.-Herewith I transmit report as Grand Lecturer, for year epding October, 1877 :

During the year I have held Lodges ofinstruction at the following places, viz: Albany, Bethany, Centralia, Clarksville, Clarence, Chamois, Colum.bia, Curryville, Edina, Grant City, Huntsville, Hopkins, Jefferson City, ,Jonesburg, Kansas City, Keytesville, Louisiana, Linneus, LaJl(~aster, Lexington, Liberty, Mexico, Milan, Monticello, Monroe City, Macon City, Miami, )Jaysville; ~Ialta Belld, O'Fallon, I'almyra, Pacific, Princeton, Riehrnond, Renick, St. Charles, Sturgeon, Salisbury, Shelbina, Steelville, Salem, Tuscumbia, Troy, Trenton, Vanualil1, Victoria, Washington and Wellsville. At these places, with one or two exceptions, the District Deputies presided, and the Distrkt Lecturers assisted. 'l'hey were all plea.~ant and agrccable meetings, and, I am happy to believe, productive of much good.

The following Lodge~ were either visited byrne in per,s0I1, or were represented at my various Lodges of instmctioll, viz: Nos. 14, 15, 17, 18, 26. :10, 31, 32, 34, 3;5, 39, 43. 路Hi, 50, 57, 58,59, 62, 61, 72, 73, 7-1, 77, 82, 8:>,85,92, 97,102, 10i, Ill, 114, 122, 124, 127,141,146, 149, 159,168, 172, 174, 178, 181, 18-5, 1M, 190, 193, 191,198,199,202,205,208,220, 222,225,227,228,229,241, 250, 251, 259, 2()o, 2G8, 270, 281, 289, 291,30.5,308,309,311,316,319,322, 33G, :l37, 338, 3iH, 374, 37;\ :380, 384, :~93, 399, 402, 411,115, 427, 428, 43.1, 4:17, 438, 44路1, 464, 471, 47q, 387, 491, 494, 路19i>, Kaseyville, U. D., awl Defiance, U. D. At these meetings milch interest was manifested, and much good will, T hope, result. The following amounts have been paid me by the Lodges visited, or represented at my Lodges of instruction, viz:

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, No. 15, $15; No. 17, $25; No. 18, $10; No. 26, $10; No. 31, $5; No. 31, $5; No. 46, $5; No. G7, $.); No. 59, $15; No. (H, $5; No. 72, $1:'i; No. 77, $15; No. 82, $10; No. 86, $.); No. 97, Hi>; No. 114, $15; Ko. 119, $10; No. 174, $10; No. 185, $1;>; No. 100, $10; Ko.190, $(j; No. 194, S10; No. 199, $5; No. 20:>, $20; No. 22;), $10; No. 227, $5; No. 228, $10; No. 259, $3; No. 270, $,'); No. 284, $10; No. 2S9, S5; No. :lO;>, $.5; No. 30~), $5; No. :m, $.5; No. 338, $5; No. 35'1, $10; No. 374, $10; No. 8S0, $3; No. 384, $.:>; No. 393, S5; No. 390, $R; No. 427, $3; No. 137, $10; No. 444, 55; No. 4n, S5; No. 82, $3 50; No. 111, $10; No. 141, $10. Lodges of instruction at Macon City and Edina collectively, $26; Lodge of instruction at Kansas City, $40. Making a total of $47150. Hotel bills have been paid for me by the following Lodges, of which I am unable to give the precise amounts: Nos. ;>9,114,208,22::>,228, 2f>1, 2;:>7 and 399. The business depression of the country continues to embarrass the Lodges. But little


路Appendix. work has been done in ll. very large number. This want of work has caused 0. falling off in atte'ndance, and to a great extent has lessened the desire of officers and members to perfect themselves in the ritual. Notwithstanding all this, my Lodges of instruction have generally been well attended, and commendable zeal has been manifested. Peace, harmony and brothery love prevail throughout the jurisdiction to It degree unprecedented heretofore. Of course there are exceptions, but such is the rule. A system of Lodge visitations has been introduced in various parts of the State, which has been productive of much good. A new feature, so far as Missouri is concenled, has been introduced in St. Louis, which promises to result in great benefit to the Institution. Several of the Lodges have had sel:ies of addresses. by competent Brethren, upon. interesting Masonic subjects. These meetings have been well attended. and are well calculated to awaken and foster a more general desire among the Craft to be informed 011 matters relating to the history, philosophy and literature of Masonry. Reports have been received from the following District Lecturers, which are herewith presented: H. B. Butts, Third District. J. l\L Ritchey, Thirty-first District. Horace W. Po(',oke, Fifth District. E. P. Linzee, Thirty-second District. David Baird, Eighth District. .T. D. Abbe. Thirty-fourth District, J ..J. Dillinger. Ninth District. Robort F. Wyano Thirty-eighth District. Samuel Russell, Twelfth District. D. D. Duggin, Thirty-ninth District. Thomas C. Rendy, Sixteenth District. Thomas H. :McMullin, Forty-second District. James H. Bethune, Twentieth District. Peter Godfrey, Forty-third District. F. ill. Lawson. Twenty-second District. W. E. Tuckel', Forty-fifth District. Erastus B. Smith, Twenty-third District. John D. Vincil, Forty-eighth District. John E. Barnes, Twenty-sixth District. ,)1. Helwig, Forty-ninth District. H. H. Hedges, Fiftieth District. Fraternally submitted, ALLAN )IcDOWELL, Grand Lecturer.

ABSTRACT OF REPORTS OF DISTRICT LECTURERS. Bro. H. B. Butts, First District, rcport.<; that he held a Lodge of instruction weekly, in Louisiana, of three month's duration. The attendance was small. He has visited Frankfort Lodge, 1\0. 192, and Paynesville, U. D. )Iany of the. Lodges are doing but little work. Bro. Hora.ce W. Pocoke, Fifth District. has visited every Lodge in his District, some of them several times. Lodges of instruction were also held at Jonesburg. Danville and \-Vellsville, at whieh the Grand Lecturer assisted. He thinks much good was done by these Lodges of instruction, and that the work of the Lodges represented ha;; improved in fl. marked degree. He has particularly instructed the following Lodges: :No;;. n, 1!)4, 246, 250, 375 and 472. Bro. David Baird, Eighth District, has held two Lodges of instruction. The first at Macon Citr, at which the following Lodges were represented: :Nos. 38, 102, 14G, 172, 2G8, 402,433, and Kaseyville, U. D. The other at Edina, at which the following Lodges were represented: Nos. 181, 291, 319 and 414. At each of these places the Grund Leeturer was present, and had charge of the work. He thinks much good has resulted from these meetings: He has visited the following Lodges, viz: Nos. G, 18, 38, 102, 146, 181, 237, :l68, 291,319,402, and Kaseyville, U. D.; some of them severa.l times. The Lodges were well


Appendix. represented. Besides, he has given instruction to officers and members as. opportunity was presented. The following Lodges have the work of the Grand L?dge, or nearly so, viz: Nos. G, 38, 102,105,172,237, 2G8, 291,319,402, 414, and Kaseyville, U. D. Bro. J ..J. Dillinger, Ninth District, has held Lodges of instruction at Queen City, at Glenwood, and at r-liddle Fabius. Hc also held Lodges of instruction at Lancaster and :Milan. At the last two places the Grand Lecturer was present, and had charge of the work.. Hc has also visited the following Lodges, viz: Nos. 21, iiI, 190, 210, 244, :~7!J, 380, 387,427 and 447, remaining several days with each. The attendance was generally good, the Craft seeming anxious to perfect themselves in the work. Bro. Samuel Russell, Twelfth District has visited three Lodges, viz: Nos.,166,224 and 334, besides his own Lodge, No. U8. 'fhe attendance was very large at eaeh place, and the Brethren exceedingly zealous to learn. He failed to visit some of the Lodges, because the Grand Lecturer had in person instructed them. He reports a decided improvement in the work in his O\vn Lodge, No. 118, and, in consequence, a closer adherence to the principles of Masonry. His observation has caused him to conclude that as we become " brighter" in the work, we learn to emulate each other in a faithful devotion to the great fundamental truths taugh.t in Masonry. He thinks the Lodges in his District, in the character of the work, and the harmony and morality of the membership, will compare favorably with any District in this Grand Jurisdiction. Bro. Thomas C. Ready, Sixteenth District, reports as follows: The Lodges of the City of St. Louis, in compliance with the call of R. W., W. R. Stubblefield, Distriqt Deputy Grand Master, met at Masonic Hall, corner of Seventh and Market streets, upon the evening of December 9, 1876. Twenty-one official representatives being present, a District Lodge of instruction was organized in legal form. The District Lecturer being present, took charge of the instruction. The Lodge of instruction continued to meet regularly upon each succeeding Saturday evening, until February 17, 1877. The representatives of seventeen Lodges were present each evening. The number of meetings held,' eleven. Total number of members present, 503. Averago attendance, forty-six. Instruetions were given in the ceremonies of opening the First, $econd and Third Degrees; also in the ceremonies of dispensing and Tcsmning labor, lllid closing the Lodge upon II certain Degree, and <;Iedaring the Lodge at labor upon another. First Degree, exemplified in full, five evcninj{s. Second Degree, in full, two evenings. Third Degree, in full, four evenings. All the above instructions were most carefully and thoroughly given, with every oflicer in place, and all the details of the work brought out: I am pleased to report that this session of instruction proved more satisfactory to the Lodges than any which have preceded it. The majority of Lodges in St. Louis do almost a perfect work, and it 'would seem invidious in me to give praise to anyone body in preference to others, when all derserve so greut commendation. I have personally visited the following Lodges, and desire here toacknowledge, through this official report, my sincere thanks for the kind and courteous receptions I have had extcnded me in my visitations, making my routine performance of an oflicial duty a most delightful labor of love: Nos. 1, 3,9, 20, 25, 40, 79, 163, 179, 218, 243, 267, 282, 323, 360,416, .120, 44:1 and 445. There are Lodges in the county which I have not visited, to wit: Nos. 45, 80, 281 and 484, being prevented from doing so by business engagements, and by reason of their locati'on being difficult of access. Two Lodges of the city I have not visited, for want of time and opportunity-Nos. 2 and 460.

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Lodges No. 121 and No. 167 work, the one in the German, and the other in the French language, and, upon account of my deficiency in a knowledge of these languages, I have not visited them. I have encouraged lectUl'es, by competent Brethren, upon .lfasonic subjects, to be delivered at stated intervals during thewintcr season in the several Lodges. Tuscan Lodge, 1\0. 360, inaugurated the idea by a course of three lectures during the season: First, by Rev. Bro. W. V. TUdor. Second, by Rev. Bro. III. Rhodes. Third, by Rev. Bro. J. S. Wilson. The results have been most beneficial, in awakening an interest in the teachings of the Order, as well as its literature. Westgate Lodge, No. 445, also followed up this good beginning, and was most richly entertained Ilnd highly profited by lectures from Rev. Bro. George C. Betts and Rev. Bro. J. W. Lewis. These most delighful seasons of" feasts of reason" will be held by these llnd several other Lodges during the coming winter, and cannot be too highly commended to the consideration of the Craft throughout the State.. Tuscan Lodge, No. 360, and George Washington, No.9, also have exchanged fraternal 'visitations in a body, which has doubly cemented the fraternal bonds of their mystic union. I have no special suggestions to make, and will close this report by saying that the Lodges of the Sixteenth Masonic District are both peaceful and prosperous, and I commend them to your most favorable notice, as eminently worthy of praise. I trust that the future may bring increasing prosperity to them, and health, peace and prosperity to yourself. Bro. J. II. Bethune, Twentieth District, has done but little during the past year. He held no Lodge of instruction, and, owing to press of business, did not visit any of the Lodges, except No. 129, whieh he reports in good condition.

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. Bro. F. )L Lawson, Twenty-second District, removed to another part of the State shortly after his appointment, and, has, com.eque路ntl)', performed no official duties. Bro. Erastus B. Smith, Twenty-third Distrct, has held no Lodge of instruction. He has visited Nos. 12, 131, 143, and met with members of No. 351. Otllers were not visited on account of press of business. Throughout the District there is a desire to gain information, whenever opportunity offers. Bro. John E. Dames. Twenty-sixth District,has visited every Lodge in his District but one. He traveled over three hundred IJ1iles by private conveyance, and spent five weeks in the work of instructing the Lodges. He says it affords him much pleasure to state that a very marked improvement in work and lectures manifests that past labor has not been unprofitable. He has far brighter.hopes for the future of his District than he thought possible when he made his last report. Bro. J. 111. Ritchey, Thirty-first District, has held Lodges of instruction at Pineville, Rocky Comfort, Neosho and Newtonia, at which all the J..odges in the District were represented, except Nos. 115,367 and 383. The attendance was good. He notices that improvements have been made in furniture, emblems, and working tools, as well as in the work. The material selected has been good. Improvements are also noticeable in halls, they haVing been refitted and made more secure. .Masonry must be acknowledged to be in a fair and prosperous condition in this District. Bro. E. P. Linzee, Thirty-second District, has held Lodges of instruction at the following places, viz: at 1\H. Vernon, Marionville, Ro~k Prairie, Peirce City, Carthage, Joplin and Oronogo. At these meetings all the Lodges i,n the District were represented, some of them several times, except No. 398. The attendance at these meetings was very large, and it is hoped that much good resulted. He has also frequently visited Lodges for

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Appendix. the purpose of assisting in conferring degrees, and has almost daily given "instruction to individual Brethren. He feels warrn.nted in saying that there is more uniformity in the work now than at any time sinee he has known anything about Masonry in the district. With about three exceptions, the Lodges can do the work in confonnity to the teachings of the Grand Lodge, and fully one-half of them in a truly copunendable manner. Bro. J. D. Abbe, Thirty-fourth District, has held no Lodge of instruction especiall)'f called for that purpose, but has given instruction from time to time to officers and brethren, as occasion offered. He has also given instruction to Lodges on the occasions of his visits as District Deputy Grand Master. He reports the Lodges in fair condition, but room for improvement. Bro. Robert F. Wyan, Thirty-eighth District, held a District Lodge of instruction at Tipton. continuing three days and nights. The school was well attended, and much interest manifested in learning the work. He also visited Nos. 36, 56, 456 and 485, remaining with each three days a~d nights. He reports a marked improvement in the work in the District. Bro. Dean D. Duggins, Thirty-ninth District, has visited every Lodge in Saline County, some of them twice, spending as much as two or three days with several of them. He found the Craft anxious and willing to learn. He did not visit the Lodges in Lafayette County, for several reasons. He did not receive his commission till February last, and, the Grand Ma.~ter and other well informed Brethren residing in that county, he deemed it unnecessary; and lastly, his health was not good during a portion of the year. He reports a decided improvement in the work, and that more interest is manifested in :Masonry. Bro. Thomas H. Me~I\lllen, Fort)路-second District, has held no regular Lodge of instruction, but has visited all the LDdges in his District from two to five times, and, though giving but little time to instruction in the Lodge, has privately lectured officers and members of all.the Lodges. The Brethren are earnest and attend Lodge meetings. but will not spare the time to attend a regular Lodge of instruction once a year. Bro. Peter Godfrey, Forty-third District, held a Lodge of instruction at Fulton, in January. The weather was cold, the roads bad, and consequently the attendance from Lodges outside of Fulton was not large. Four Lodges wcre represcnted (numbers not givcn). The meeting lasted three days and nights. The Brethrcn secmed much interested, and, he hopes, were benefited. He ha.~ visited evcry Lodge in the District, holding s~ort lectures with each, and, besides, has given instruction to many individual Brethren. Bro. W. E. Tucl;:er, Forty-fifth District, owing to reasons ~iven in his report, has performed but few official duties. The Lodges in his District are not doing much work, though generally in a healthy condition. Bro. John D. Vineil, Forty-eighth District, reports thlJ,t the state of the" work" in hiR District is good. He held a Lodge of instruction at ~i[exieo early in the year. Representatives of all the Lodges in the District were in attendance. The Grand Lecturer was present and assisted. A similar oCCl!-sion was afterwarq enjoyed at Vandalia, where the instructions were highly appreciated, and very pr01itable: No. 266 needs some little polish, in order to work strictly correct. He held a Lodge of instruction once a m,onth during the winter, at which the members were gcnerall'y present. The work in the District has materially improved in the past year. Bro. 1\1. Helwig, Forty-ninth District, was absent from the State during the winter and spring, and, consequently, ha~ done but little in the way of instruction. He has held no Lodge of instruction, but has lectured the Brethren of the two Lodges at Cameron, which he reports as bright working Lodges. The Lodges in the District are in good condition as to work.


Appendix. Bro. H. H. Hedges, Fiftieth District, has held Lodges of instruction at Farley, New Market and Weston. The following Lodges were represented, viz: Nos. 13, 53, 120, 274, 339 and 361. The Lodges are in a healthy condition. lIe worked hard day and night on these visitations, and, he hopes, with not a little success. The Brethren are proficient in the lectures and work of the Gr(l.nd Lodge, and evince great zeal for the cause of :Masonry. He has given much private instruction to the Brethren, who were anxious to get the lectures and work.


REPORT ON CORRESPONDENCEj. • Report on Correspondence, reviewing the Proceedings of the following-Grand Lodges:

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NEVADA, June, 1876. ALABAMA, December, 1876. ARKANSAS, October, 1876. NEW BRUNSWICK, September, 1876. BRITISH COLUlUBIA, ]<'eb'y, 1876. NEW HAMPSHIRE, May, 1876. NEW JE&'iEY, January, 1876. CALIFORNIA, October, 1876. CANADA, July, 1876. NEW JERSEY, January, 1877. NEW YORK, June, 1876. COLORADO, September, 1876. NEW YORK, June, 1877. CONNECTICUT, January, 1877. NORTH CAROLINA, Dec., 1876. DELA '\VARE, October, 1876. DISTRICT COLUMBIA, Nov., 1876. NOVA SCOTIA, June, 1876. OHIO, October, 1876. FLORIDA, January, 1876. OREGON, June, 1876. FLORIDA, January, 1877. PENNSYLVANIA, December, 1876. GEORGIA, October, 1876. PRINCE EDW'D ISLAND, Feb., 1876. IDAHO, September, 1876. ILLINOIS, October, 1876. QUEBEC,'September, 1876. INDIANA, May, 1876. RHODE ISLAND, May, 1876. SOUTH CAROLINA, December, 1876. IOWA, June, 1877. TENNESSEE, November, 1876. INDIAN TERRITORY, Sept., 1876. 'EEXAS, December, 1876. KANSAS, OCtober, 1876. UTAH, November, 1876. KENTUCKY, Octobel', 1876. VERMONT, June, 1876. LOUISIANA, February, 1877. MASSACHUSETTS, December, -1876. VIRGINIA, December, 1876. WASHINGTON TER., Sept., 1876. MARYLAND, November, 1876. ,\VEST VIRGINIA, Dec., 1876. MICHIGAN, January, 1876. WISCONSIN, June, 1876. l\IINNESOTA, January, 1877. WYOMING, October, 1876. MISSISSIPPI, February, 1877. NEBRASKA, June, 1876. NEW MEXICO. A GENERAL GRAND LODGE. FOREIGN GRAND LODGES:

IRELAND. SCOTLAND.

ENGLAND. FRANCE., EGYPT. CUBA:

GRAND LODGE 0]<' COLON AND THE '\VE~T INDIA ISLANDS. G. L.-A 1.

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Also, reviews of the following, by M. ,Yo Bro. John W. Simons, Chairman of Committee on Foreign Correspondence of the Grand Lodge of New lork, which we copy from his Report for 1877 : FRANCE. IRELAND. . UUBA. GERMAN GRAND LODGE LEAGUE. GRAND LODGE O~' SAXONY. MOTHER GRAND LODGE OF THE" ECLECTIC UNION," FRANKFORTON-THE-MAIN. GRAND LODGE" THREE GLOBES," BERLIN, PRUSSIA. GRAND LODGE "ZUR EINTRACHT," DARMSTADT. GRAND LODGE OF PRUSSIA, BERLIN. GRAND LODGE ALPINA OF SWITZERLAND. GRAND ORIENT OF THE NETHERLANDS. GRAND ORIENT OF ITALY. GRAND LODGE OF SWEDEN. GRAND LOnGE OF HUNGARY. UNITED .GRAND ORIENT OF BRA.ZIL.

To the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of )[issouri: The sad duty was assigned to the present Chairman of this Committee" of taking almost ont of the hands of a deceased Brother, finishing and presenting to you the work which, if it had been completed by him, would have been the Twelfth Annual Report on Foreign Correspondence of R. W. Bro. George Frank Gouley. Need we draw back the veil which sometimes in mercy shUts out the past, to bring to your minds the horrors of that dreadful catastrophe, of which our lamented Bro. Gouley was an unfortunate victim? By the Grand Lodge of Missouri it can never be forgotten; a connection of anyone of its members with that event would have thrilled through the hearts of the Fraternity throughout the jurisdiction, but ~vhen the foremost, most prominent and best known Mason throughout the world that hailed from this~Grand Lodge, lost his life by the burning of the Southern Hotel, there was a shock that went . from Missouri to the remotest countries in which Freemasonry exists, and brought echoing back to her all the sympathy that Masonic hearts could give. Personally known to and beloved by a large circle of friends, Bro. Gouley was generally known in his official capa<>ity as the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, a position in which his services were invaluable; but however systematic his arrangement of the affairs of the office, however much his natural enthusiasm enlivened the \ wearisome details of official work, clerical work is, after all, to a person of such a sanguine temperament as his, dull and uninterestihg, and as more pertinent in connection with this Report, and to bring his character into stronger relief, we wish briefly to consider Bro. Ge<Jrge Frank Gauley as Committee on Foreign Correspondence. In that new field of journalism he found ample. room for his versatile talent. In' that field he revelled with delight. Reviewing was to him no labor, hut a recreation. Well

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versed in :M:asonicjurisprudcnce and the local customs and usages of different jurisdictions, _ he, with quick perception, detected any departure from established rules, and unsparingly den~llnced it. A rapid writer, in language terse and forcible, as well as fluent 1n expressing his thoughts, he was no ordinary opponent to eontend with, and the attention gIVen to his views on any subject, WllS evident by the constant reference on the part of other reviewers, to what" Bro. Gouley says." With all the impetuosity of his nature, still he was strictly conservative in his views on all fundamental questions. In his general sentiments he WllS liberal, and in his private character generous to a fault. In spite Dr the vehemence which often marked his路 writings, he never harbore.d the least malice, or intentionally wounded the feelings of anyone; and if in any contest he was defeated, he would yield gracefUlly to the inevitable. Such, hastily sketched, were the main features in the character of Bro. George Frank Gouley, by one who knew him intimately, and who for many years looked forward with greed to the issue of his Annual Reports, with the greater part of which he WllS somewhat familiar beforehand. Having such an estimate of his character and abilities, the tllSk might we!l be dreaded of attempting to complete what he had begun, even though he had accomplished the greater portiq,n of the work, and when engaged in the perusal of hill maI~uscript in the office which he had always so enlivened with his presence,' the memories of the past were so vivid and overwhelming that only the interval of weeks sufficed to convince the mind that it was not all a hideous dream. It is past, and in memory we see him as he was,' buoyant in spirits, as his strong constitution gained the ascendency, and he was rapidly regaining the normal vigor of his mature manhood, with a pleasant smile and a kind word for all whom he met. Thus mllY memory always present him to the minds of those who knew him well. To the Fraternity he will be familiar as one of its standard bearers, through the published Proceedings for twelve )'cars of the Grand Lodge of Missouri. For n\ltny years to come these will be referred to by Masonic readers for information, advice and enjoyment. They will be an enduring memorial of Bro. George Frank Gouley, the chivalrous champion of pure and unsullied Freemasonry. They will herald his name through remote generatio~s, until the time shall come when the angel of the Great Architect of the Universe shall de(.:lare the mission of Freemasonry accomplished.

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Grand Lodge met in l\iontgomcf)', December 4,1876. Two hundred and eleven Lodges represented. Bro. Palmer J. Pillans, G. M., presided. From his Address we make the follOWing extract: Our numbers apparently diminish while the number of our Lodges seems to increase, which ou~ht to suggest to us the propriety of inquiring into the reasons forthis deplorable state of thmgs. Doubtless the peeuliar political condition whIch hilS for some time prevailed, and the financial depression existing through the whole country, have had their due


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;nfiuence in producing the lethargy which we to-day witnc8s in Masonic circles. But are \here not other and more potent causes con~piring to this same result? Have we as Masons exemplified in our lives what we teach with our lips? Let us then this day put this inquiry to ourselves and to each other, if we individually, as Masons, or as Lodges, have been true to what we claim for Masonry'? ' I think however that there is perhaps another potent eause for decline (I hope it is only temporary), and that is probably that we are multiplying the number of our Lodges too rapidly, in our rather sparsely settled country. 路1 know the inconvenienctl of having to travel tar to enjoy Mllsonic communication, but by this increase of Lodges we build up a number of weak Lodges, while we in so doing weaken the stronger. The above remarks are subsequent to the announcement of having ordered Dispensations for seven new Lodges., DECISIONS.

Sixteen decisions are reported, of which he says, what every Grand Master can say with truth, of their decisions: "Many might have been left out, as they are simply the repetitio,ns of oft repeated rulings." The Committee on .Jurisprudence aslted to be allowed until the next Regular or Grand Com~unicatioll to report on those decisions, for wnnt of proper time to investigate the important questions therein contained.

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JURIiiPRtiDENCE.

The Committe on Masonic .Jurisprudence reported in affirmative of the decision of Grand Master Wilson, in 187;), that "a non-affiliated Mason is not entitled to a Masonic buriaL" Also, that a Lodge cannot grant a dimit to a member who has appealed to the Grand Lodge from a sentence Of suspension for a definite time, though the term of suspension may have expired before the case is passed upon by the Grand Lodge. LODGES.

The Committee on Chartered Lodges, ten in number, and on Lodges U. D., two in numbcr, made very full reports on the irregularities in the returns of Chartered 'Lodges, as also in Proceedings of Lodg路es U. D. The constituti.ng of so mlLny committees for the above work is undoubtedly a good plan for securing a thorough examination of returns and records, even though the Proceedings appear to be largely made up of reports of those committees. FOREIGN connEsPONDENCE.

The report of this Committee is from the pen ofBro. Oliver S. Beers. It is full of extracts from the Addresses of Grand ::IIasters, Committees, etc., of other Grand Lodges, :M.issouri not being included. But he probably uses that space to better advantage, by reproducing the C<'tpital treatise on" New Day, New Duty," written by R. W. Bro. Josiah H. Drummond, of Maine. . I

In accordance with a special Report submitted by Bro. William T. Walthall, chairman of committee, and adopted, it was resolved: To decline to accord recognition to thc body styled the Grand Lodge of A. F. and A. M., of Ontario. To postpone nction on the communication of the Hepresentative of the Grand Lodge of the Isle of Cuba, till the next Annual Communication.. To tender a cordial and fraternal welcome to the Grand Lodge of Prince Edwards' Island, etc. Grand Officers re-elected. :ilL 'V., PALMER J. PILLANS, G. 1\:1:. R. W., DANIEL SAYRE, G. Sec.


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ARKANSAS, 1876. [G. F. ~.J

Grand Lodge met in Little Rock, October 5, 18i6. Bro. M. L. Bell, G. M., presided. He

r~ports having issu~d

Dispensations for six new Lodges.

His decisions are all upon local issues. He alludes to the rapid growth of scientific knowledge, and makes the startling announcement that men's minds are "to some extent being drawn away from the more valuable truths of a moral nature; and it behooves all good men to devote themselves to the inculcation of the great truths.tendi;lg to elevate m~n's moral nature." This, to our mind, is certainly a paradox, ano. we are at a loss to understand what sort of science they have been studying down in Arkansas, for all "science" (properly called, is nothing but" demonstrated truth;" and路 anything called by that name which does not demonstrate and prove logically every step it takes, is a misnomer and a fraud. The.highest type of scientific investigation brings ns nearer- to God, and makes us bet.ter understand ourselves and our duty towards each other. It recognizes the fact that all of God's works are free to all, and subject to the most rigid analysis, and as one truth can nevet interfere with another truth, so can no truthful knowledge derived from true scientific research conflict with any truth of a moral character. We have hundreds of different theologies, yet we have but one religion of morality which is accepted by men of all creeds; and so in science, we have many propositions, yet but one demonstration, viz': Truth. Whatever is not actually DE)roXSTRATED to be a fact is but speculation, which may prove in the end to be true or not; but for Freemasonry in the last quarter of the nineteenth c~ntury to step ill and try to put a stop to the search for that truth, would be not only as great a blunder but as great a moral crime as it was for the Roman Church over 200 years ago to imprison Gallileo in the Inquisition, for trying to prove that the sun stood still, and that the earth and other planets moved around it in the grand . equilibrium of electricity and magnetism. We hope our brethren in ArkanslI" recognize the fact of the earth's revolution, and that not only does the world mo,ie, but will ?nove, and should their Grand Master's theory be adopted, they should at least strike out the Fellow Craft degree.

We notic(}. that he restored the Charter of a Lodge which had been surrendered the year before, and issued a Dispensation to the members thereof to elect officers, etc. We do not find this act enumerated among the powers of the Grand M!l.<;t.er in the con.stitution of that State, nor yet denied; but as it is denied by nearl); all Grand Lodges, and as we th,ink, wisely so, for very apparent reasons, we should suggest such a course to our sister on the south of us. A charter is never (or should never bel surrendered but for very good reasons, and its surrender is not an accomplished fact until reported to and acted upon at the next Annual Communication of Gral\d Lodge, and when so confirmed we hold that no power but the Grand Lodge itself is competent to decide upon its again resuming life. We hold it to be the power and the duty of a Grand Master to refuse to accept the surrender of a eharter until the Lodge has complied with the law in such cases, and fUlly settled up its affairs so that no disgrace may be left upon the Institution in th~t neighborhood after its death; but having ltCcepted it, and reported it to the Grand Lodge, and that body having passed upon the case, that then all power over that charter by an)' Grand )Iaster has ceased forever. Much local business was transacted.


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Bro. George Thornburg submitted an excellent Report on Correspondence, in which Missouri, from some accident, was omitted. He does full justice to all the Reports before him, and we hope he was re-appointed. The question of the recognition of the Grand Lodge of Indian Territory was postponed until next,year. . At this point we express the hope that the Grand Lodge of Arkansas will soon settle this question one way or the other, as the other Grand Ludges are waiting for her action. If she does not recognize it for some good cause, we .ought not to; ye~ in the meantime some others have got tired of waiting, and have acted, and out of this delay may arise unfortunate complications. Since the last Communication of the Grand Lodge, the office of the Grand Secretary wa." destroyed by the fearful conflagrations with which Little Rock has been unfortunately afflicted, and aU the valuable papers, library, etc., lost. The Proceedings before us were saved by being. yet in the printer's hands. We 'extend our sincere sympathy in this their great misfortune. M. M. McGUIRE, Dardanelle, G. M. LUKE E. BARBER, Little Hock, G. Sec.

BRITISH COLUMBIA, 1876. [G. F. G.]

Grand Lodgo met in Victoria, February 19, 1876. Bro. Simeon Duck, G. M., presided. We find in his Address the recognition of the so-called Grand Lodge of Hungary. We feel sA.tisfied that the status of that body could not have been sufficiently investigated, else the recognition would not have taken place. It is nothing but foster child of France.

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CANADA, 1876. [G. F. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Strathroy, July 12, 1876. Bro. James K. Kerr, G. M., presided. (The Proceedings also contain records of twelve" special" communications for laying corner stones,)' â&#x20AC;˘ . The Grand :Master reported having granted Dispensations for fifteen new Lodges. ,Repaid a-very high compliment to our Grand Lodge in officially acknowledging and accepting the Commission as the Representative of Missouri, ncar the Grand Lodge of Canada, and concluded by slying: c'I trust that the more than cordial and frah~rnal .rer.ms of Masonic intercourse which have in the past existed between these Grand Lodges may continue and be strengthened, and it will be my pride and pleasure, if I can, in any measure, be instrumental"in furthering the maintenance of such felicitous relations." We heartily reciprocate his fraternal sentiments. He furnishes a list of the members of those Lodges who were righteously suspended for entering into a conspiracy to form the so-called Grand Lodge of Ontario, without any authority, precedent or usage, to justify thcm. Our Grand Lodge, at it." last communication, denied all Masonic intercourse with said Grand Lodge, or its abettors. The entire Address is a clear business paper, and evinces a deep interest in the welfare of the Craft. The" Board of General Purposes" report the condition of Masonry in thatjurLsdiction, "on the whole, highly satisfaetory."

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An invitation was extended by the Grand Lodge of Quebec, to the Grand Lodge of Canada, to attend the funeral of late Bro. Aldis Bernard, an old Past Grand Master of the latter body. ' We formed Bro. Bernard's personal acquaintance in Montreal, in 1872, and had a vcr; instructive and pleasant meeting with him and Bro. A. A. Stevenson, P. G. lII., also since .deceased. "At rest" at last, and honor to the memory of such whole soul'd bretheren. A large amount of local business was transacted. No Report on Correspondence. JAMES KILPATRICK KERR, Toronto, G. M. J. J. MASON, Hamilton, G. Sec~ JAMES SEY1fOlJR, For. Cor.

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Grand Lodge met in Denver, September 19, 1876. Bro. Oren H. Henry, G. M., presided. He reported Dispensations for four new

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But two decisions are reported. One purely local, and the other that a French Mason who had dimitted five years before intercourse with Grand Orient of France was sundered, was entitled to affiliate; which we endorse. The Grand Lodge, amending its By-Laws, requires all delegates to wear their Lodge jewel of office. Some other Grand Lodges have the same law, but for the life of us we can neither see the necessity or utility of Such a requirement in any legislative body whose members have to pass the ordeal of a Committee on Credentials. Business brief and local. No Report on Correspondence. HARPER :M:. ORAHOOD, Central, G. M. EDWARD C. PARMLEE, Georg~town,G. Sec. DAVID C. COLLIER, Central, For. Cor.

CALIFORNIA, 1876. [G. F. G.1

Grand LDdge met in San Francisco, October 10, 1876. Bro. John M. Brown, G. M., presided. He take.'> a tetrospect of Masonry during the centennial season. He gives a detail of Lodges of instruction held under the District Inspectors, and he gives very sO~lld advice to Masters and officers about doing their work in an attractive manner, and refers to various causes of disturbance, such as malicious use of black ball, non-payment 0[- dues, non-affiliation, etc. -' He submitted several decisions. from which we condense the following: A Master cannot call the Senior Warden to preside at a trial and himself become the prosecutor; but if he is personally interested, the Grand Master can appoint some proper person to preside. Charges may be amended under the law by sanction of the Master. A1I non-affiliates in good standing 1l!-ay petition for a new Lodge. Dimisslon dates from-the Lodge record, without reference to thecertiflcate thereof. A consent to an~ther lJOdge to confer ~egrees, accompanied by conditions as to fees, it is optional to the other l.JOdge to confer them or not.


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If a non-affiliated proffer to pay to t.he nearest Lodge the amount of its annual dues, and it refuses to accept the same, he must be recognized as in good standing.

Reports on investigation must be in writing, and not by verbal proxies. A hump-backed petitioner does not come under the head of physical inability to literally perform the ritualistic work. A change of venue was granted to an accused because the Master was the injured party. [We cannot agree with this reason. First: change of venue in Masonic trials is unknown except in very rare cases of spccial legislation; and, secondly: the first decision we have reviewed covers the case, as the Grand Master couid have appointed another to preside. The two decisions are not consistent: and, lastly, a change of venuc is an implication that a Masonic Lodge cannot do justice to one of its own covenanted members on account of local or personal' prejudice, which is a grave charge to make agaillst the Institution. ] He properly decided against expenditure- of Lodge funds for suppers and "sich." He discllsses sensibly the responsibility of Lodges in refunding money expended for their absent members, even though they be worthless ones, for being retained on the rolls implies being worthy. He justly decided aga.inst Masonically celcbrating the centennial Fourth of July, as being a departure from the time-honored customs of the Fraternity, l11though,.like all good :Masons, he felt a deep and patriotic interest in thc event; but there was a proper way to manifest it: He is in accord with all the other Grand Lodges in deprecating action of Grand Lodge of Ohio, in contemplating a division of her jurisdiction. Dispensations for laying five corner stones, and dedication of a hall, were granted. He presented the case of Hawaiian Lodge, No. 21, at Honolulu, in a manner which, to our mind, deserves assistance to its charity fund, on account of its isolated and responsible position toward the traveling Craftsmen. The entire Address is a very able one, and shows a very careful attention to duty. From the Grand Treasurer's Report we find ~he following salaries paid: Grand Secretary, $3,600; Assistant Grano Secretary, $1,500; Chairman Committee on Foreign Correspondence, $2:)0; Grand L€cturer, $1,000; Grand Treasurer, $200; Grand Tyler, $100; and Grand Organist, $50. Bro. .John W. Shaeffer, Grand Lecturer, submitted an interesting Report, which gives a good showing for the Cra~ in the State. The San Francisco Board of Relief submitted a full and very interesting Report, from which we learn that with a balance on hand of $423 70 from last Report, it inCrel~.,ed its funds to $!l,443 0·1, as follows: from city Lodges, S4,011 30; donations, repayments, etc., . $2,0.)8 52; from Grand Lodge, $1,955 40; and from entertainments, $9!l4 12; and expended of the same, $8,461 37, of which $189 was in behalf of I\Iissouri :r.fn..<;ons. Of total disbursments, only $1,99:~ 40 was for their own State, the balance being for outsiders. Since 1856 the Board has expended $128,794 03, of which only $.'Vi,914 09 was for California Masons. It is needless to add that we look upon the San Francisco Board as a noble institution. . The so-called Grand Longe of Ontario was properly left out in the cold, and further time tn.ken on8pain ann Argentine Republic. A Representative was accorded Grand Orient of Eygpt, which we presume will be to the reorganized and reformed body, and not the one we criticized California last year for recognizing. Bro. John H. C. Bonte, Grand Orator, delivered an eloquent address.


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The Grand Lodge agreed with the Grand Secretary in not signing the various kinds of Lodge diplomas sold through the country, but to confine the attestation to those only authorized and issued by the Gran? Lodge. Heretofore all Lodges had to pay their dues on a gold basis, but now thcy can pay in such legal funds as they receive from their members. A large amount of local business was transucted. Bro. Wm. H. Hill submitted a yery interesting Report on Correspondence, of 108 pages, in which Missouri is fully and fraternally reviewed in six pages, and says that allY Master Mason in our jurisdiction who" fails to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest the volume of proceedings [of Missouri], deserves to be tried and expelled." He expresses himself as " glad at the result reached" by our Grand Lodge in the Scotland case. He quotes from our Report on Grievance, and compliments the same. The entire Report before us is one of more than ordinary ability and research, and reflects great credit路upon its author. JOHN

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. CONNECTICUT, 1877. Grand Lodge met in New Haven, January 17,1877. One hundred and thirteen Lodges represented. Bro.

:K R. Rowe, G. M., presided.

His Address recapitulates his official act.'i during the year, which include granting Dispensations for two new Lodg-es. He recommends the appointment of D. D. G. Masters. Number, duties and rank to be regulated by the Grand Lodge: respecting which the Committee on Jurisprudence ;eport, 路that in view of the well defined, ample powers of the Grand Master to call to his aip whatever assistance may in his judgment be necessary for the Craft, they do not perceive the necessity of creating new officers and defining their powers, and recommend that no action be taken. . . . No decisions reported. Answers to all questions submitted to him being plainly written in ,. Lockwood's Masonic Law and Practice," which he wishes the Brethern of the State would take a little time to study. I

The Address contains appropriate allusions to the decease of R. W. Bro. A. J. Bethel, Grand Senior Deacon,'and Rev. Bro. C. R. Fisher, Past Grand Chaplain, in memory of whom, pages arc set apart in the Proceedings. We regret the absence from his post of R. W. Bro. Joseph K. Wheeler, on account of severe illness. The cause also of there being no Report on Correspcindence. EDWARD B. ROWE, G. M. JOSEPH K. WHEELER, G. Sec.


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DELAWARE, 1876. [G.~; G.]

Grand Lodge met in Wilmington, October 4, 1876. Bro. George W. Chaytor, G. M., presided. He reported'five decisions, in which he held that Lodge rooms should not be rented for any purpose, e>:cept purely Masonic business. That a Committee 011 Investigation must make a report, and if they do not agree, then two reports, one majority and the oth~r a minority report. We think the Grand :i\Iaster has used unfortunate term here, for we cannot conceive which would be the majority or minority report on the character ofa J;nan, as it presents no affirmative or negative point for report. We hold that the committee must report, and that each member of it reports individually, and as he pleases, either favorable or unfavorable, and the act of the whole three constitutes the report and but one.

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Under their law he held that Ministers. could not be made Masons free of charge, nor be exempt from dues, and finally that summons must be obe)'ed, and excuses may be decided by the Lodge or its Master. He dwells fully upon the abuse of the ballot, and gives a justifiable rebuke to the proposed colored action of the Grand Lodge of Ohio. The whole Address is a good one. â&#x20AC;˘ Bro. Johl;l P. Allmond, Past Grand Secretary and Past Grand Master, presented the Grand Lodgewith its Proceedings for 1825to1828, 1830,1844, and from 1850 to 1875, illclusiv~. The Grand Lodge appointed a committee to draft resolutions expressive of its appreciation. It was decided that one ballot covers the conferring of all three degrees, but this does not preclUde the right of objection after election, or between the degrees.

The Grand Lodge recognized the "Gmn Logia de la Isla de Cuba, lfabana," Of the propriety of which we have some'doubts; for one thing'is certain; if there 'is a legitimate Grand Lodge in Cuba it may be the "GRAND LODGE OF .COLON," whose jurisdiction is over "Cuba and the other Spanish West India Islands," Masonic affairs in that Island have been in a chaotic state for many years, and it is only recently that order has been rilStored and the Institution put upon a legitimate and constitutional basis. (We recommend the Delaware committee to correspond on the matter with Bro. Odio, Postoffice Box 2409, New York City). ' l\fuch \ocal business was transacted. No Report on Correspondence. THO:\fAS W. WILLIA:\,IS, Seaford, G. M. WILLIA1\f S. HAYES, Wilmington, G. Sec. GEORGE W. CRAYTOR, Wilmington, For. Cor.


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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, 1876. [G. F. G.)

Grand Lodge met in Washington, November 8, 18i6. Bro. L. L. Johnson, G. M., presided. He reports having no important decisions to submit. He reports having visited nineteen Lodges, at each of which interesting lectures or readings were rendered, by well informed Brethren. A most excellent practice.

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He feelingly announces the death of several distinguished Brethren, among whom we find an old friend and co-worker, Bro. .T. E. F. Holmead, P. G. M., who died October 22, 18i6, at the age of forty-two, having served as Grand ::\'Iaster at the remarkably young age of thirty years. Bro. Holmead was a very intelligent young ::\'II1~on, pDssessing mental qualities of a high order, and early became one of the most eloquent and instructh'e workers in any jurisdiction. We deeply mourn his loss, and unite our sincere sympathies with those of his Grand Lodge, for his bereaved family. An I' Installation Communication" was held' December 2i, when Bro. E. G. Davis was duly inductkd into the 'office of Grand MaSter. . . A "Stated Communication" was held January 10, 1Si7. Bro. E. G. Davis, G. 1\1., pre~ided.

Much local business was transacted. Bro. William R. Singleton submitted a very interesting Report on Correspondence, of eighty pages, in which Missouri, for 18i6, is fully reviewed. He agrees with our Grand :\laster, that a Worshipfull\1aster is amenable to the Lodge fo~ acts committed while in office. He reminds Bro. Parvin of the fact that he (Bro. Singleton), was Senior Grand Deacon of Missouri, when the Iowa Grand Lodge was foroled. We are sorry to see him, as Grand Secretary, falling into the slipshod style of (j)mitting the Christian names of Grand Officers. E. G. DAVIS, Washington, G. WILLIAffi R. SINGLETON,

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FLORIDA, 1876. [G. F. G.)

Grand Lodge met in Jacksonville, January 11, 1876. .Bro. Altert J. Russell, G. M., presided. He pays his respects to the Committee in Grand Lodge of Ohio, upon the" New Day and New Duty" performance, in very clear terms.. He granted Dispensations'for seven new Lodges, and arrested the charter of one.


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A large amount of local bminess was transacted. The Grand Lodge decided that degrees must be conferred in subordinate Lodges, and not in the Grand Lodge. Correct. The Grand Lodge decided to purchase a lot in Jacksonville, and erect a Masonic Temple, and made arrangements for that purpose. Rev. Bro. C. A. Fulwood, Grand Orator, delivered an eloquent address. A very high compliment was paid to Santa Rosa Lodge, at Milton, and the members thereof, for thei.r Masonic zeal generally, and especially for gathGring together such a' valuable library. Bro. John Carlovitz has labored long and faithfully in this enterprise. Bro. D. C. Daw'kins submitted a very full and interesting Report on Correspondence, of 110 pages, in which Missouri receives the generous notice of eight and-a.-half pages. The decisions of Grand :l\Ia.ster Luke, and the Report on Scotland, are quoted freely. He approves of our settlement of the Scotch case. The whole Report is most interesting, and we regret that sickness prevented us from reviewing it in time Jast year. ENOS WASGATE, Jacksonville, G. M. DEW 1'1'1: C. DAWKIXS, Jacksonville, G. Sec. and' For. Cor.

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Fifty-one Lodges represented. Bro. Enos Wasgate, G. ):1., presided. His Address both opens and closes with some well written remarks about the influence of our Institutioll, and the necessity of individual members observing its teachings, that they may properly discharge their duties to themselves, as well as to society. He reports Dispensations granted for two new Lodges, and some other Dispensations to confer degrees out of time. Candidates were going away to Europe, etc., and could not risk a voyage without first becoming Master :Masons, a sort of panacea to protect them from sea sickness, virtues of same only just discovered. Some years ago, within our own knowledge, a few Master :Masons were generated in that manner. "'e never knew that any of them was of any account afterwards, so far as ~fasonry was concerned-too much like Jonah's gourd. Among the few decisions aiid reports of committees, we note nothing of special interest to the Craft in general. No Report on. Foreign Correspondence, but in lieu thereof an eloquent oration, by Rt. Re\'. C. A. Fulwood, Grand Orator. M. \V., ENOS WASGATE, JucJ,sonville, G. M. R. W., D. C. DAWKINS, JacksonYille, G. Sec.


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GEORGIA,1876. Grand Lodge met in Macon, October 31, 18i6.. Two hundred and forty-seven Lodges repreiiented. Bro. D. E. Butler, G. :M., presided. His Address is brief, reciting official acts of local interest. He thus alludes

to the SOUTHERN MASONIC FEMALE COLLEGE.

For its future welfare, an endorsement of the College by resolution will not repair the b~i1ding, or. add. to its greater usefulness. The present is a crises in its history. What WIll you do for It? We hope that our Brethern in this great State will be able to do more as individuals to assist this noble institution than they felt justified in doing in their collective capacity. The Grand Lodge having now a bonded debt of twenty-eight thousand dollars, declined to increase obligations of that nature, for the purpose of assisting the College. We know liomething obout bonded debts in l\Iissouri, and,until the.millenium corne;; would never dare to create another one. DECIS!ONS.

Under this head the follOWing remarks are good: I have rendered a great many authoritative opinions'during the pnst year. The most of them have been satisfactory. None, I believe, have involved any new qnestion of :Ma.<;onic law. Some had complications which I could not readil)-' untangle, and I directed • that they should be brought here for your cons.ideration. Such is the perversity' of human nature, even among Mas.ons, that an ingenious wrong-doer, sometimes in office, would puzzle the wisdom of our ancient Grand l\Jaster SOLO~ION, could he be here, to read the ponderous and conflicting inquires which are often made. As I have not learned all which can be known, and some of the questions askcd w~re too hard for me, I have promptly said, in reply, "I do not know." The Committee on Jurisprudence, in their Report, gave the following question with an answer thereto, which wns adopted. Has a Brother the right to file a perpetual vote on the election or advancement of a. candidate, without giving any reason for it? , Your Committee says emphatically, no-with or without reason-either by secret ballot or for cause shown, a candidate may be debarred election or refused advancement. But Masonry knows no such thing as a perpetual· protest on file by any individual Brother. Deferring to the views of Past Grand Ma.<;ter lrvin, we make no comments on the above pro or con, but we think some check might be put to this misused right of objection. Bro. Samuel Lawrence submitted a Report on Foreign Correspondence, which con· tains only what other Correspondents may have :;aid for or against the l'roceedings of Georgia. As Missouri gave Grand Master Irvin's decisions for 18i4 without comment, and called Bro. Blackshear's Report on Foreign Correspondence a full and good one, they have no crow to pick with us. Re-elected. IVL W., DAVID E. BUTLER, Macon, G. M. R. W., J. EMMITT BLACKSHEAR, Macon, G. Sec.


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IDAHO, 1876. [G. P. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Boise City, September 12, 1876. Bro. J. W. Griffith, G. M., presided. He feelingly announced the dea~h of his immediate Mikk!cson, who died May 28,1876.

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The Address is b.rief and confined to local affairS. From it we judge that the Grand Secretary is in a sort of double-\arreled luck, or else somewhat mixed, for we see that the Grand.M~r appointed him'o represent Idaho near the ¡Grand Lodge of Kansas, and Kansas in return appointed him to represent her near thc Grand Lodge of Idaho. 'l'he Grand Lodge of Egypt was recognized, but very wisely recognition was withheld; from the so-called Grand Orient of Hungary. It also properly refused all intercourse with the so-called Grand Lodge of Ontario. .. A former resolution, requiring the printed Proceedings to be tra.\:a-ibed into a record book, was repealed, as it was certainly a meless performance. .-

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Bro. O. P. Purdy submitted an excellent Report on three pages, in which Missouri, for 1875, receives full and fraternal noti _:. He views with favor the terms of our settlement with Scotland. case in Idaho.

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He is in favor of giving. proxies to Past Masters, on account of so mal1y distant Lodges; but that can be equalized in another way, without establishing a law ~~ diffi'cult of repeal in after years. E. A. STEVENSON, fioneer City, G. M. CHARLES HIMROD,Boise City, G. Sec. O. H. PURDY, Silver City, For. Cor.

ILLINOIS, 1876. [G.â&#x20AC;˘'. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Chicago, October 3, 1876. Bro. Joseph Robbins, D. G. M., as G. :~i., presided. He reported the absence of Grand Master Bro. George E. Lounsbury was caused by severe illness, which compelled his sojourn in Colorado, and we unite with them all in the sincere hope of his speedy recovery. Brother Robbins reported eight decisions, from which we

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complied with all legal conditions. [Under this decision we do not see the use of any conditions," if the Lodge can interpose its negative vote. "\Ve hold to the justice of our :Missouri law, viz: that when a member has complied with all the legal conditions, that the Lodge does not vote at all, nor can the dimit be refused, unless the party is put under charges.] I.

A factious objector, governed by malicious or unworthy motives, is liable to discipline. I

A Lodge need not ''v'ait for a member to get out of prison before trying him.

A Lodge may reJre to membership, or good Masonic standing, without choice of the applicant and give ~l".m a certificate of the fact 'J

A refused petitioher for restoration may apply at any subsequent 路meeting. A waiver of jujdiCtiOn over candidates contains no conditions to govern another Lodge. .' ' . A very large amount of local business was transacted. The question of building a Masonic 'Vidows' and Orphans' Home, was submitted to the Lodge, to be vot<:d on by them, December, 1876. Bro; George M. "connell, Grand Orator, delivered an The use of of meeting.

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INDIANA, 1876. [G. F. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Indianapolis, May 23, 1876. Bro. DanielllicDonald, G. M., presided. . He pays u deserved tribute to late P. G.-M., Solomon D. Bayles; to P. G. M., John B. Fravel; to Nicholas D. Grover, the last surviving member of the Convention to organize the Grand Lodge; to Cyrus Nutt, P. D. G. M.; and Caleb Schmidlapp, P. D. G. M. The Address refers to the investigation of twenty-nine Lodges, against whom complaints had been preferred in some form or other. This is an extraordinary number of Lodges to come under such a head, and shows that the jurisdiction needed a sort of general overhauling and house cleaning; and it evidently got路 it.


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He reports twelve decisions, from the most important of which we condense the following: Calling for ayes and noes, and 'recording names of members present, and how they "ate, is improper. Remittance of dues of a member suspended for non-payment of dues restores the party to a'non-affiliated condition, and a certificate of the fact takes the place of a dim it. A rejection for affiliation is valid, even though a non-affiliate 'was erroneously allowed to vote. A member sentenced to be reprimanded, may, before it is administered, appeal to the Grand Lodge, which appeal stays the execution of it. LWe hold that an appeal from any penalty does not vacate the judgment until finally, determined by the Grand Lodge; otherwise a horse thief or murderer may remain in good standing in his Lodge for nearly a year, until Grund Lodge again meets. We hope our Indiana Brethren will take a second look at the full force of this decision.]

A :Mason can sue for his debts in court the same as " any other man." A member is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. [And even afterwards, according to the logical effect of the decision we have criticised.] A suspended member may be present at a new trial granted to him. Photographic or documentary information is not alone sufficient to admit a visitor. Objection after election of candidate operates same as black ball. Applicants for advancement objected to; may re-apply at next meeting, and if elected, can be advanced, unless new objections are made. A member under charges for non-payment of dues who'dies before trial, loses none of his Masonic rights. He issued Dispensations for fifteen new Lodges. Eleven new Halls were dedicated. Five corner-stones were laid. The Grand Lodge pays PCI' diein and mileage..... And the inequality is so great as to call from the Grand Master a proposed amendment, but it does not meet the case. Now that the law of compensation cannot be repealed, we suggest the 1bllowing amendment: Provided, that no Representative shall receive more than' one-half of the dues actually paid in by his Lodge. The whole Address is an excellent business paper. I

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that subordinate Lodge halls could be rented to Eastern Star

The Grand Lodge decided not to lower the fee for the degrees, the committee properly thinking that if any change was made, they should be increased. The Grand Lodge deciding not to grant" special priVileges," refused to allow a Lodge to meet in the hall of the "Independent Temperance Society." We think this is pretty rough on the Eastern Star folks, as it sort of "jugs em." A law making it the duty of Lodges to expei or suspend all members who make, sell or drink intoxieating liquors, and to reject aU candidates who do the same, was adopted by a Lodge votâ&#x201A;Ź of 344 to 64. From this almost unanimous extermination of distillers, rectifiers, brewers, manufacturing chemists, importers, wholesale grocers and druggists, we rat,her suspect that the" Independent Temperance Society" was not exactly" O. K. on the goose."

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Bro. E. L. McLallen submitted a Report on Correspondence, of170 pages. He quotes our Grand Lodge decison relative to dif'qualification by loss of one eye, and asks: "Why?" lIe refers to our Correspondence on the Scotland case, and says: "But with no definite conclusion." This illustrates the bad habit of" jumping to conclusions" without studying the facts, for had he taken the trouble to turn over a few pages, he would have found the Report of the Special Committee, whose" conclusions" were so" definite" that a "man who runs might read, and not err therein." He is evidently very sore over the rubbing we gave his Grand Lodge about going through the form of original organization, by SUbmitting its credentials and opening duties to a lot of" Master Masons" without a charter; for he takes petty revenge on us, bv quoting our criticisms on the Address of the Grand Master o"fMaryland, without beingjust~nough to quote any of the Address itself which called forth our remarks. Having put our criticisms on the Indiana process of opening a Grand Lodge I and for which he does not venture any explanation whatever, either by law, logic or usage), immediately alongside of the Marylanfl case and her Committees reply, he virtually falls back upon school day custom of notifying the" other fellow" that" I'll tell my big brother on you." But life is too short for solely exchailging compliments, hence we seriously advise our good Brother. who, in his Report, exhibits" good parts," not to be thrown off his balance by frank and fearless criticism, but' to meet all issues by demonstrable facts, l~nd whenever they are not at hand, to let the issue Pl18lS to some more experienced workman. He has confined himself chiefly to transactiol18 of other bodies, and his Heport proves that he has been a careful reader thheof, which is more than can be Said of some older members of the corps, into which we extend him a hearty welcome, and of which he will make a valuable member, after ~ubmitting to the whacks which we all had to take as part of the Reportorial degree. FRANK S. DEVOL, New Albany, G. l\f. JOHN ]\f. BRAMWELL, Indianapolis. G. Sec. ELISHA L. l\1cLALLEN, Columbia City, For. Cor.

INDIAN TERRITORY, 1876. [G. F. G.]

The Grand Lodge has not yet been recognized by Missouri, owing to the 'postponement of the case by the Grand Lodge of Arkansas, which latter body we hope will settle the matter cither pro or con during the present year. Grand Lodge met in Caddo, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, September 5, 18i6. Bro. Granville. McPherson, G. M., presirled. He reported Dispensations for two new I,odges. He refers to two Lodges in his jurisdiction whieh retain their allegiance, and pay f1ucs to their original mother Grand Lodge, and he recommends the passage of a rcsolut.ion to.

pronounce them" clandestine," etc. In this matter he should go a little ,slower, for not only has thc mother of those Lodges been recognized, and is in fraternal communication withall the Grand Lodges of the world, but his own Grand Lodge has not yet been recognized, nor is it likely to be if such an arbitrary course is pursued by it; for it is perfectly leg-al for those Lodges to refuse to unitB with her according to universal custom of the Craft. Many very old Grand Lodges have within their territorial jurisdiction ~aughter


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Lodges of other Grand Lodges, which they have not been able to coax to join them, and which they certainly could not compel to. Therefore, how much more carefully should the youngest candidate for recognition proceed with her summary and illegal measures? The Address of the Grand :Master is wen written, and after some experience arid careful study, we anticipate that the Brethren there should be soon qualified to exercise the important and soverign powers of a "Grand Lodge. . The Grand Lecturer reports having visited several Lodges, and certifies that the Grand Muster knows the" Webb work, as it is called, llS well a.~ it can now be found." A resolution demanding service as a Warden as eligibility to Mastership, was lost by a rising vote. This is a bad beginning, we must confess. Another bad job was the passage of a. resolution declaring the work of Alpha Lodge, at Fort Gibson, and Flint Lodge, at Flint District, as clandestine, they now working' under charters from Kansas. Of course such a resolution does not affect the standing of those Lodges or their members anywhere outside of that Territory. We ure pleased to see that the Grand Secretary was instructed to get donations of books, etc., towards starting a library. No Heport on Correspondence. GRANVILLE McPHERSON, Caddo, G. M. R. P. JONES, Caddo, G. Sec. J. S. MURROW, A-tok-a, For. Cor.

INDIAN TERRITORY, 1877. Grand Lodge met at Caddo, September 4,1877. On this 12th inst. we are enabled to state on the best authority, that the resolution passed in 1876, declaring the work of Alpha and Flint Lodges clandestine, was rescinded, and there is a good prospect for. those Lodges uniting with those that formed this Grand Lodge. The chief obstacle in the way being thus removed, we hope to learp of her being recognized by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Arkansas, at her annual communication, in October. M. W., J. S. MURROW, A-tok-a, G. M. R. W., R. P. JONES, Caddo) G. Sec.

IOWA, 1877. The Grand Officers and members of the ].~ost Worshipful Grand Lodge were escorted by the Sir Knights of St. Simon of Cyrene, of Davenport,' and Everts' Comml1nderies of Rock Island, Ins., from the Burtis House to their han in Burtis' Opera. House, Davenport, where, Ilfter a welcome extended to them by a committee from the Lodges and Brethren of 路Davenport, the Grand Lodge was opened in ample form, in路 its Thirty-Fourth Annual Communication, June 5,1877.


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M. W., Henry W. Rothert, G. l\L, presided. Two hundred and seventy-two Lodges represented during the session. His Address gives a full statement of his official acts. He granted Dispensations for six new Lodges, and declined granting the same privileges asked for in nine other petitions. He condemns the practice of special Dispensations being issued by Grand Masters, as a cure-all for negligence, incapacity, or blunders of officers of Lodges; and, after great apparent unwillingness, granted one request to confer degrees at irregular times. He arrested the charter of one Lodge, and to avoid similar action on his part, IlJlother Lodge surrendered its c~arter. He calls the attention of the Lodges to that section of their constitution requIrIng that every Lodge should provide a lamb-skin or white leather apron, to present to the candidate on his initiation. We hope that this very appropriate requirement will sone become the rule everywhere. The almost proverbial indifference shown by subordinates to taking action upon to ConstitutioJl or By-Laws, or other subjects referred to' them by Grand Lodges, to be voted upon, was avoided this year by l\I. W. Bro. Rothert issuing an Edict to eighty-three Lodges that had previously neglected their duty. By this means responses were received from every subordinate Lodge on the question of revising the Constitution and By-Laws of the Grand Lodge.

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Grand Master Rothert reported a trespass upon the jurisdictional rights of Iowa by the Grand Lodge of Scotland, through one of its suhordinates initiating, passing and ~aising, Dr. J. C. Hughes, of Keokuk, Iowa, whilst sojourning at Edinburg as a medical student. The ,vhole matter, with the resultant correspolldence, was referred to a committee, by whom the following report was made, which, with the resolutions proposed, was adopted: . Wc heartily approve the action of the Grand Master, ill protesting- against the rule of the Grano Lodge of Scotland, allowing its subordinates to make Masons of sojourners, and utterance of our Grand Secre1:<'lrv, in his letter of .January ;10th last. that while' this Grand Lodge does J10tdesire to punish the recipients of degrees of Masonry in Scotland, or elsewhere, it feels compelled to uphold its own juri~dictional rights. We admit that the Grand Lodge of Scotland is older than 'our own, and has its own laws. yet we. too, have laws adopt.ed for our protection, laws which have grown out of our experience, llnd which llre t.he result of our l\fasonic necessities, and which are similar in character to those recognized and enforced by all American Grand Lodges. And while we earnestly desire the extension of fraternal intercourse with every Masonic power, we cannot purchase it at the expense of our protection, and of interests essential to our welfare. cndor~e the

'We would therefore recommend that the Grand Lodge of Scotland be fraternally requested to so far change her rules as t.o forbid the making of l\Jasons of persons from Iowa until thev become residents of Scotland. and that in the meantime we maintain the right to judge of the worthiness of any persons, residents of Iowa, who, while sojourning under the jurisdiction of other Grand Lodges, are made Masons. To this end we offer the follo,Ong' resolutions: Resolred, That the Grand SeeretaTy be directed to signify to the Grand .Lodge路 of Scotland that this Grand Lodge feels compelled, as a measure of protection which experience has shown to be necessary, to re-assert its laws in relation to jurisdiction, and that it fraternally requests that Grand Body to take such action as will prevent the making of Masons of persons frol1110wa who are not bona fide residents of Scotland.


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Re.~olved, That this Grand Lodge again forbids it~ Lodges to receive as visitors, or recognize as 1\Ia.~ons, residents of Iowa made l\Iasons outside of its own jurisdiction, until such persons shall have been dul)~ heled.

Your committee have also considered the letter of Bro. D. Murray Lyon, Grand Secretary of the Grand LOllge of Scotland, relative to the appointment of a Grand Representative ncar that body, l\,nd recommend that the Grand Master be requested to accredit such represent~tive, and to invite the appointment of a simUar officer of that Grand Lodge nea.r this body, hoping that bv the efforts of the brethern so' appointed, fraternal friendship mllY be extended, and ali chances of misunderstanding removed. \V. B. LANGRIDGE,} .YOH1\" S~?'~T, Committee.

Z. C. Ll'SJ"

The views and action of the Grand Lodge of Missouri upon It similar ease some two years ago, is too well known to need repetition now, and if ~fissol1ri did surrender her birth-right, it may have been one procured as tha,t from Esau Wil.'5, alid she yielded what did not rightfully belong to her. The business portion of these Proceedings is complete in all its details, and fairly entitles them to the title of the model Proceedings. The experience of thirty-four years of H.. W., Bro. F. S. Parvin, (;rand Secretary, shows itself in the style, arrangement and fulness, which characterize the whole work. R. W. Bro. T. S. Parvin, as Grand Representative of Missouri, niade an interesting report of h'is recent visit to the Grand Lodge of :Missouri, with a recommendation that certain funeral expenses, incurred by Aurora Lodge, ~o. 267, St. Louis, be refunded to said Lodge by the Grand Lodge of Iowa, and upon the reception of the report abm'e alluded to, an allowance of the amount was ordered. His Heport as Grand Secretary closes with notices of the fraternal dead, from which we copy his tribute of affcction to our deceased Bro. George Frank Gouley, in whose memory an appropriate page is also set apart in the Proceedings. GEORGE FRANK G01)J,EY is dead-murdered, truer word-and with thousands ,vho knew him, or knew of him, we are called to weep o'er the grave ora friend. warm-hearted fina true. We first met him in the office of Grand ~ccretarv Allthonv O'Sullivan. in St. LOllif', in the spring of ISo.'). He was then serving as Deputy~ ana upon Bro. O'Sullivan's dcath, in ISo!), succecded him as Grand Secretary of the several Grand Bodies in Missouri. As editor of the Fl'eel1w.~on, which he founded and published for eight yeaTS, and as the writer of the Reports on Foreign Correspondence for all bodies o( which he was Grand Secretary, he is widely and favorably known, not only in AmcricA but throughout the "M'1.sonie worl(l. F'J'ank, liS he was ever called by his\.friends, Wfi,~ truly frauk lInd openhearted; his" face was the reflex of his soul. radiating sunlil?'ht, and illuminating the whole circle of his presence with a most cheering cheerfulness, ' \Ve met him last, in October of the past year, and found him upon a sick bed, unable to attend the session of the Grand Lodge then in pro째-ress. We talked of our glorious meetings in St. Louis, Baltimore, and New Orleans, and he spoke hopefully of greeting his hosts of warm friends in Cleveland, in August next: but, alas! while man may propose, it is God who disposes of all human event~, and he never more will meet on earth those with whom he was want to hold familiar converse, and labor in the cause to which he devoted his lite. Alas! poor Gouley! The hearts of thousands of brothers, good and true, are touched at your sad fate, and will ever hold your memory in sweet remembrance. The Report on Foreign Correspondence is from the pen of R. \V, Bro. W. B. Langrilige. in which he sums up the Proceedings of forty Grand Lodges, ~:lissouri, for 1876, included, approving Bro. Gouley's Report as bold, decided, and same as usual. '''e should like to note his comments up;)n Proceedings of other jurisdiction" but this 'volume came to hand too late to allow us to do so. }f. \\'., ZEPHANIAH C. LUSE, Iowa City, G, l\f. R. W., THEODORE S. PARVIN, G. Sec. and Ch. For. Cor.


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KANSAS, 1876. [G. F. G.)

Grand Lodge met in Emporia, October 18, 18i6. Bro. Isaac B. Sharp, G. 1\1:., presided. He reported seven new Lodges organized. He feelingly reports the death of Bro. Richard R. Rees, Past Grand 'Master, who was born in Cincinnati, December 2:~, 1812, and died in Leavenworth, November 19,1875. lie wa.~ a very active and useful Mason during a long life in the Fraternity, much of which was spent in 1\:lissouri, having been elected as Deputy Grand High Priest in our Grand Chapter, in 1851. . From his thirty-three decisions we condense the following: Published Proceedings of Grand Lodge arc official notice to subordinate Lodges. A seeoild summons is not necessary for trial on account of disobedience of the first one. Partial payment will not restore after suspension for non-payment of dues. Blank ballots must be counted at elections. [We do not agree.] A member under sentence of reprimand cannot dimit.. . Minutes cannot be erased or mutilated at a subsequent meeting, but must be corrected by a new entry. An obnoxious visitor can be excluded at any time. Rejected petitioner for affiliation can only re-apply by regular petition, etc. Rejected petitioner for advanccment may re-apply at every stated meeting, unless objections are filed. A dimit takes effect as soon as granted, whether the certificate is issued or not. Ma.<;ter elect must !'eceive P. M. degree before installation. 1\. Lodges U. D. cannot try its members, but must send charges to nearest Lodge. ['Ve cann9t understand the philosophy of such a law.]

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petition of a rejected candidate from another jurisdiction without permission. [His Lodgcs can act upon our rejected petitioners who move over there, after twelve' months expiration, and a year's residence in Kansas, without 1L.<;king permission.] Habitue.! profanity is a disqualification for degrees. A Lodge U. D. cannot adopt By-Laws. LodgesU. D. are to be governed by the'Ancient Landmarks, the General Regulatioll8 of the Order, and the specific Constitution of the Grand Lodge under whose jurisdiction they are, together with the By-Laws of the same. [It seems strange to us (who compel Lodge's U. D. to present a code of By-Laws for inspection and approval), to see the Kansas law make them know more ahout law than any twenty chartered Lodges put together, instead of having a brief code given to them by


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Grand Lodge. Thus condensing a Lodge u. D. down to a mere infant, and yet compelling' it to digest the Masonic laws of two centuries, looks to us like straining at a gnat and swallowing 0. whole menagerie.] The Entered Apprentice who loses a left arm is not disqualified for advan~ement. [But we are left in the dark as to the status of the candidate after he shall have passed the degree of Fellow Craft and lost the other arm; or to his status as a Master Mason after losing both legs, but we presume that ullder the law of progression through the degrees, according to the logic of the decision quoted, the members will stand by in admiring gaze (while balancing himself on his head), and watch hilI~ "as-cend-up-wards' through the veils of the Chapter. "If not, why not ,?"J . An eleetedulld installed officer cannot resign or dimit. Less than seven members is not a Lodge quorum for business. " Remission of dues" is not an "extension of time." Objections to advancement must be made in regular form and without conditions. A member cannot dimit while under charges, nor while appeal is pending.

The secret ball(lt eannot be inqUired into by anybody.. It requires a two-third vote 011 regular petition to restore to membership after suspension for non-payment of dues, even after all dues are paid. [This is worse than even the modified law of Indiana, which n'ow only requires a majority vote. We hold that unless he wants to wreak out a revenge on a poor brother for non-payment of dues, that his payment and apology should -ipsoJacto restore him.l

A one-eyed eandidate cannot be initiated, and when initiated by mistake, I~e cannot advance. [We do not know exactly how to make this decision against advanccmcnt dovetail in with the one-armed man, who can advance, and we presume the candidate having but one good eye" can't see it" either.] With all the deeisions we fnlly agree, except those noticed ill [brackets]. The Grand Lodge approved ull of them. .The Grand Secretary reported that the Grand Lodg-e was out of a full set of pUblished Proceedings, and !l8ked consideration on the subject of a reprint. . On the ques~ion. of so-c~lled negro Grand Lodges generally, and the one of Ohio in particular, a special committee submitted lL very able report, adverse to any recognition of clandestine Masonry, white or black, us wellns agllinst a division of j~ll'isdiction. The motion of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence, 1/ot to recogni7.e the Grand Lodge of Indian Territory, was fully and harmoniously discussed, and adopted. Grand Lodges of Manitoba and Prince Edward [not Edward's] Island were recognized. The Grand Lodge refused reeognition of the so-called Grand Lodge of Ontario, and forbid intercourse with her subordinates or members. Bro. John H. Brown submitted, as usual, a splendid Report on CorrespondeJl(~e, of 141 pages, in which Missouri, for 18i5, is fully and fraternally reviewed. He agrees with us that It visitor gellerully asks for the charter to show his smartness, but he does 110t think it necessary to stop work while the charter is absent. His Heport gives au ullllsually large amount of valuable selections, well worthy of study alld preservlitioll_ . JACOB D. RUSH, Fort Scott, G. 1\1. JOHN H. BROWN, Wyalldotte, G. Sec. and For. Cor.


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KENTUCKY, 1876. Grand Lodge met at Louisville, October 19, 1876, Four路hundred and fifty-seven Lodges represented. Present, M. W., John H. Leathers, G. M:. In his Address he says:

There is cause for hearty congratnlation that the Order is in a healthy condition, and peace aud harmony prevail am~)llg the Lodges. He allude:; to the present condition of the Widows' and Orphans' Home. A majority of the Lodges l~aving rcfused to concur in the proposed amendment to the Constitution of the Grand Lodge, to increase the d nes of each :Mason in the jurbdiction 'fifty cent~ for the benefit of the Home, the proposition was defeated. lIe says: Since the doors of the Institution have been thrown open 185 widows and orphans ot deceased Kentucky :Masons have found shelter there; of that number thirty-seven were sent from Louisville, and 148 from Lodges outside of Louisville. There are, at present, 128 beneficiaries in the Home-all that can be comfortably accommodated. There can be no question, Brethren, that we have reachcrl the crisis in the histon' of the Home. and a failure to take proper action will not ILnd 'can not relieve us of 'our responsibility in the premises. We may as well look this matter squarely in the face. The architect estimates that it will require about $45,000 to finish the building and fit it for occupation. The work is of too great magnitude to attempt to carry it on further by the voluntary contributions of the Craft. The Grand Lodge must now assume the re;;ponsibility of providing, by legislation, the means to complete and endow this great work, or bear the ignominy of its failure. If Kentucky :Masonry is satisfied with what has been done and can rest content to do no more, then discharge aU the workmen now engaged upon tlXl unfinished portions of the building, and there let it stand in its huge proportions, nnfinished and desolate, and in sad contrast to the finished portions of the home with its 128 happy inmates.

Great as is the glory reflected upon the Order hy what has been done. it were far better for the name of :Masonry in Kentucky that a stone had never been laid, than to stop where we are. It is the great work of the Craft, and its proudest achievement. Completed-an imperishable monument of :Masonic benevolence and charity. Unfinished-a shame and reproach to men who had the noble and generous impulses to devise a scheme which their indifference prevented them from- carrying out. It.<; bleak, unadorned, and tenantless walls cry out at this hour for the means to make it the habitation of those who, by the decrees of fate, are compelled to bear cheerless poverty and an unprotected lmd defenseless existence. From every part of the Commonwealth. almost from every Lodge, comes the plaint of the helpless mfant, or the wail of the hroken hearted wido"'. begging for bread to feed, and a home to shelter. These cries come not from strangers. they are from the loved ones of our Brethren who have been called to the Grand Lodge above, and who departed hence strong in the fllith and hope that we ,...ho are left behind when they are gone would protect and defend their dear ones. These children. these widows. are the beqnest to ilS of dead Brethren, and mercy and justiee, aside from all the solemn obligations of our Order, call us, aye, demand us, at this hour to prove worthy of the confidence of our dead, and worthy the sublime principles of Masonry.

Will the members of our Fraternity ever fully comprehend the value of Peter's pence, and that it is by their small and steady contributions which.very few are unable to give, that the Roman Catholic Church路 is able to maintain those numerous and extensive institutions for charitable purposes that are under her control, which attract the attention and command the admiration of everyone, and are the cause of adding so many adherents


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to her faith. For, however cogent arguments may be urged against her corruptions, the world will argue that the best evidences of faith are good works; and the result of good works, as seen in the prosperity of those institutions, is the measure of the success of the Churqh and her creeds. It would be well if we would put our faith to some practical uses, and not hide our light under a bushel.

He announces the decease of P. D. G. M., V. H. Jones, and P. D. G. l\L, Rev. P. H. Jeffries, and pays an ,appropriate tribute to each of those honored Brethren. Dispensations were grunted for twelve new Lodges; that many more were refused ~ay be owing to the following views, as ex pressed by him: The rapid increa~e of Lodges in Kentucky is a growing evil. We already have too many, and, if properly selected out of the whole number, at least one-third could be dispensed with without detrirrfent to the Order. It is a fact well kno\vn that there are Ii considerable number or Lodges in this State that are not self-sustaining-that is, the mileage and per diem drawn'out by the representatives arc greater than the amount paid in as Grand Lodge dues. In Kentucky there are now nearly .500 Lodges, with an aggregate membership of a little more than 20,000, or about forty to the Lodge. The great ~tate of New York. with a )1asonic population of over 80,000, has but about 700 Lodges-an average of about 120 to the Lodge. The States of Ohio and Tndilwa, with a Masonic popUlation of :30,000 each, have ltbou~500 Lodges. It will be thus seen that Kentllcky. in proportion to her l\lasonic POpullltion. compared with the States named, has entirely too many Ludges. What is' .wanted in Kentucky is not more Lodges, but more live, healthy Lodges, and fewer drones in the great hive. Missouri comes into the foreground in his concluding remarks, thus: This important subject has occasion~d much thought, and has induced an examination into the systems under which other Grand Lodges manage this very importan,t matter, and' the following amendment to our Grand Constitution is suggested for your considerutton, being the same, substantially, under which the Grand Lodge of illissouri works, viz: 1. That the dimit of every signer of a petition for a Dispensation for a. new Lodge be required to accompany the application. It sometimes happens that whole bodies of :Ml1s0US dimit from their Lodge to unite in the effort to form a Ilew Lodge, and thereby wenkeu and destroy the strength of some good Lodge already established.

2. That no new Lod~e shall be fonned without the consent of all Lodges whose territorial jurisdiction Will be affected thereby. The adoption of such an amendment to our l!tW would throw such a路 safeguard arouud the Order, thllt when the law was complied with, the Grand Master co~ld grant Dispensatiolls without the fear of error. This subject is of such vital importance to the whole Fraternity, that we wish to keep it before them whenever we can do so. With the usual preface by (;rand Masters of extensive, and, for the most part, unnecessary correspondence, answering questions that, with a little information from reading lind study, should never have been asked, he rep()rt.~ thirty-six decisions, most of which confirm the truthfulness of his prefatory remarks. We only note objections to three of these decisions, with respect to two of \"hieh we fully concur with the report made by Committee on Jurisprudence. 19: "That, in case of failure from any cause to elect officers on St. John's Day, December 27, the 'old officers must hold over till next annual election." The committee added : " But should that day fall upon Sunday, election will be held 011 Saturday before, or Monday after, as Lodge may direct."

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degree upon a newly elected Master, previous to installation, none but actual Past Masters. should be present." This prohibition was stricken out l:iy the Committee. 17. ;rhe Committee approve this decision: "In case of objections to advancement of a Brother to the second or third degree, he should have it trial when he demanded it." Adding the proviso, " that he has been elected to receive the succeeding degrcc, and the privilege has been denied him."

This strikes us as it good decision to foster dissensions in a Lodge. In some instances it might no doubt bc just, but it is most likely to be prolific of endless discords. Under the head of unfinished business, an amendment to the constitution proposing to divide the State into ten districts, with a competent Brother in each district tD superintend the work, was taken up and refcrred to a committee of three, by whom a report \vas made, which was referred to the Committee on Law and .Jurisprudence, who reported an amendment to cover the case of District Deputy Grand l\Iaste~, and recommended action ~'to be postponed until the next annual communication. Should it survive the manipulations of half-a-dozen more committees next,year, it may possibly be adopted. R. W:, Bro. John ~I. Todq presented his credentials as Grand Representative from Missouri. and was received in due form. M. W., Thomas Todd, submitted the Report on Foreign Correspondence, in which Missouri, for 1875, is fraternally noticed. He joins hand'S with R. W., Bro. ~Vhitaker, of Louisiana, against the decision that petitioners should be able to write their names. We will relate an incident connected with that decision. The would-be-petitioner, residing i~ the interior of this State, was so anxious to become a Mason, that when he found this decision' was against him, he applied himself diligently to learn to write, and in the course of six months fl.fterwards his petition was received with his own well-written signature to it. He is thankful for that decision. If he lived in Kentucky he would 110W be eligible to serve itS Master of a Lodge, and issue a legal summons with his signature attached. 1l.'S required by decision number six of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, approved by the Grand Lodge. As to the certain rights acqUired by a widow through her deceased Masonic husband, so long as she1remains his widow, and true to his memory, those rights are sacred. Should she marry several times afterwards, of which husband would she be the widow, had each husband been a member of it different Lodge"? Those certain rights would .bemultiplied by the number of husbailds, or daims would have to be divided pro rata amoilg the different 路charity funds. We have no objections to individual Masons assisting such an \lnfortunate widow. on account of her husbands' Masonic relationship, but we do not think that the charity fund of a Lodge should aid her on account of her second or SUbsequent unfortunate ventures, voluntarily undertaken. Some very interesting extracts from Proceedings of other Grand Lodges are given in this Report, and we cannot but regret the fact that such Reports as this have comparntively so few readers among our Brethren, so much so that thousands of them are not aware of their' existence, orif they are, have not the opportunity ofgettiilg them. W. M., R. 1\-1. FAIRLEIGH, l!0pkinsville, G. M. ~. \V., JOHN M. TODD, I..ouisvil!e, G. Sec. M. W., THOMAS TODD, eh. For. Cor.


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LOUIS"rANA, 1877. Grand Lodge met in New Orleans, February 12, 1877. Sixty-six Lodges represented. Bro. John Graham Fleming, G. M., presided. His Address adverts to the changes made in that State by the sudden 'emancipation from slavery of a large portion of its population, since become law-makers lUlll rulers, and adds that numerous attempts are being made, and no doubt will continue to be made, to legislate this emancipated race into our Fraternity; and he can suggest no better way of meeting the difficulty than by adhering to the law, that to become one of us they must pass through a similar door and ceremonies to those through which 'we all came', and that no especial laws can be enacted for their benefit. He makes a feeling announcement of the death of several members of the Grand Lodge, including P. D. G. M., Bro. Albert G. Carter, and requcsts proper notice of the death of R. W" Bro. John Dove, Grand Secretary of Virginia, and R. Bro. Antonio Texeira, Grand Treasurer of the Grand Orient of Brazil.

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With regard to Lodges granting new trials, he says: If, in your judgment, you think it necessary to enact路 any law upon this subject, I think it would be safest and best to let the Grand Lodge be the only appellate court; but should you think it proper that the Lodges should have the right to grant ncw trials, then it is necessary that you define the vote by which they shall be granted, as well as the manner, time, etc., in which it shall be or may be done. We hope the Committee on Jurisprudence next year will report in favor of the Grund Lodge being the only appellat~ co~rt. As to LODGE DUES AND LoDGE DEnTS. his remarks on them are applicable every where, and should be blazoned OIl the walls of our Lodgc rooms. It seems to me that much good might be done by a more prompt action on the part of the Secretarics in collecting dues. Members first neglect to pay them, until the sum becomes 11larg-e 01' important one, and then they refuse to pay. Ilnd if rlisciplined for it they abuse the Institutipn. I think it would be worth trymg to collect them in small sums. as they accrue. J

There is another kind of debt that is working great harm, and that is the indebtedness of the LfJdges. ' When Pompey the Great told the Dictator of Rome that" more worshipped the' rising than the setting sun." he uttered a grent truth, that applies to institutions us well as individuals. When a Loclge is known to be prosperous and carefully managed, it is generally popular. e~pecially with its own members, who take a pride in attending it; but if it becomes involved in debt, and particularly so if brought to that condition by mismanagement, then much of the interest and pride felt by the members in its welfare is lost. Let a Lodge, or any other institution, be known to be involved in debt, or on the decline, and there Ilrp but jew proselytes to do it reverence or share its embarrassed fortunes. So far as a Masonic Lodge is eonccmed, indebtedness often proves fatal to it, when otherwise it has every opportunity to'succeed. The discussion of the debt. often produces. discord, and is a source of continual annoyance to the members, llnd to avoid dIscussing it, some dimit, and others, although they pay their dues, never attend the meetings of the Lodge. ' The Report on Foreign CorrespimdCllce is from the pen'of R.

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in which the Proceedings of fifty-five Grand Bodies are ably reviewed. We arc very certain that if the labor was performed during the hours set apart for refreshment and sleep, it was not done when Bro. Braughn was asleep. There are m~ny things in this Report which we should like to IlPtice, but time llnd space forbid, and we must confine onrselves to the portion in which Missouri is fraternally and fully noticed; our deceased predecessor's Report, for 18i6, receives some sharp criticisms, with an evident consciousness on the part of the critic that he was putting a rod in pickle for himself. What a change in relations the lapse of a few hour's time may make; what 11 reminder is again before Us that we are iii deed plind wanderers in the path of life, unable to discern路 what a day or an hour may bring forth. Could the writer of that review have anticipated that he for whom his remarks were chiefly intended, would, before they reached their destination, have passed through the dark vallcy of the Shadow of Death, how changed the tone of them would probably have been; for fear of giving the least.particle of offense, how he would have made allowances for seeming errors and differences of opinion. Not that the least exception can be taken to the spirit. of the reYiew before us. Bro. Frank, were he living, would not have wished it to be other than as it is, amI would have anticipated joyfnlly the rejoinder he should write. But now, instead of the sprighUy answer and keen retort, there is nought but the silence of the grave. How it recalls to our mind this beautiful sentiment, that the wind sighing through the verdant covering of the grave plCads eloquently 011 behalf of its occupant to forgive and forget his weaknesses. Bro. Braughn says: "Our Missouri Brethren are still too rich, and have too many resources to warrant the plea of povery, etc." We only wish we could make some of those resources uvailable, as our riches will take wings to themselves before we fully satisfy a judgment of $8,500 now hanging over us. In defence of a Worshipful Master removing out of the jurisdiction heing pernlitted to resign, and Dispensation being granted to elect a successor, he says: The Brethren of a Lodge often-and sometimes justly, too-elect a Brother l:enior Wa.rden, as It reward for faithful services, who would not, or rather could not. discharge to any advantage the duties of Master; and, since they did not intend that he sh,mld he Master, even if he should desire it, whv compel them to accept him as sl1ch. or demand that he should do what he is not competent to do? Past Masters' right~ should be settled, and the following should be among their privileges, whether they have served a full term or not-a Past :'Ifaster is one that has passell 'the "Master's chair, honorably-no matter whether his term of office comprised six or twelve months. 1. He should be eligible to the first four offices in the Grand Lodge during his membership thereof. .

2. He should have the right to speak and vote afall times and upon all subjects in the Grand Lodge. . 3. He should be eligible for membership on all committees. We should like to know the true inwardness of this expression, "honorahly."-quiB If there is in practice anything more than an election to, and presiding in theehair for some specified length of time to constitute that incumbent a Past Master, we are not aware of it. True it is, that the members of a Lodge arc supposed by their choice to be satisfied of the qualification of their Worshipful Master elect, but whether he be qualified to enjoy the rights and privileges named in the three foregoing propositions, popular, may is a matter that we venture to say is never thought of. ' The Brother may be the one most available for the office, or he may be one whose ambition has outrun his discretion, and he is elected without a thoug-ht beyond the confines of their own sparselyattended Lodge, or of the consequences which may result from his being dubbed with the title of Past Master. cltstodietf

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We can recall instances of Worshipful Masters serving by proxy, who could not even open their Lodges, much less attempt to confer degrees, and have seen Brethren in possession of Past Master's Jewels, the rewards of their meritorious services, who had never done a particle of work of any kind, and were upaequainted with the first rudiments of our Institution; anq yet from such might be the Grand Officers, the speakers and the committteemen-the legislators for the Fraternity at large. Bro. Braughn's remarks savor somewhat of irony. It is bad enough to gather up material indiscriminately, and rough-hew it through the degrees in haste, as has been done to such an extent for some years: but let us not entertain for a mo'ment an idea of throwing down the few barriers which we have left. It would be far better to insist upon an experience of several years in the Oriental Chair as a requisite to having a permanent seat among the legblators of the Craft, than to shorten the time of such service, which in :i\1issouri is only one year.,.-previous service as a 'Warden being a l)re-requisite. Furthermore. our experience has been that when Lodges know that their election being once made, they inust ahide the result for one year, they will be more careful in their choke, and will select for the:r Wardens those who will qualify themsel\'es to succeed to higher duties, and not put dummies into tllOse stations out of compliment to them; for it seems to us that the most faithful service a Brother can render to his Lodge would be to positively declineto accept such a compliment (if he should be devoid of all ambition for further advancement), and leave chances open for others who would be more active. On the lander of progress such inert persons ~)llly llscend a short distance, an~ but block up the way for others. ' ..

These Proceedings contain full financial statement<; from R. W., Bro. Batchelor, Grand Secreta.ry. of the condition of the Grand Lodge Hall, Masonic Halls"Cemetery, and other property of the Grand Lodge; also of Relief Lodge, No.1, and the mind naturally reverts to the p,llmy days of Louisiana, when in sickness and distre.~s, the Masonic Fraternity and the Howard Association were always ready to alleviate the sufferings of their fellow creatures. May we not hope that after the trials of the past years, a brighter future is now opening upon our Brethren of this grana jurisdiction. 1\'l. 'V., SAMUEL .JAMES Po\VELL, St. FrancisYille, G. IIi. R. W., J. C. BATCHELOR, M. D., G. Sec. R. W., GEOHGE H. BRAUGHN, Ch. of Com. on For. Cor.

MASSACHUSETTS, 1876. [G. F. G.)

Grand Lodge met in Boston, in "Annual Communication," December 13, 1876. Bro. Percival L. Everett, G. M., presided.

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Two petitions were presented for charters, and granted. Report on finance shows a .reduction of the debt by $9,010 32. The Grand Master granted Dispensations for fonr new Lodges. He referred to the marble statue of General Joseph Warren, P. G. M., which stands at the foot of Hunker Hill Monument, presented by Bro. Otis E. Weld.


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He also referred to the illigitimacy of the so-r-a1led Colored Lodges in Ohio, ltnd the proper action of Grand Lodg-e of Ohio in not recognizing them. We notice in the election of Grand Officers a record of number of votes received by those selected. While this is legal and doubtless flattering to' those who were elected almost unanimously,yet we doubt the propriety of such records, for times must occur when several ballots may be taken before a choice is made, and then perhaps by a bare majority. While we appreciate the venerable age of the Grand Lodge (this being her one hundredth year), yet we must beg the privilege of saying that we think her young children set her a good example in this respect. A" Stated Communication" was held December 27.1876. The Grand Officers were duly installed.

â&#x20AC;˘ Memorials alld resolutions were submitted and adopted, on death of Bro. John Dove,' of Virginia, and Bro. Wendell T. Davis, of :Massachusetts. A Grand feast was had, at which many good speeches were made, and fu1ly reported in the Proceedings. . PERCIVAI., L. EVERETT, Boston, G. l\L CHARLES H. TITliS, Boston, G. Sec.

MARYLAND, 1876. rG. F.G.] <..~rand

Lodge met in Baltimore, November 21,1876.

Bro. JOhl~ H.

n. Latrobe, G. :M.,

presided.

He presented the applications of the" Gran Logia de la Isla de Cuba. Habana." and the "Gran Logia de Colon," for recognition, but very properly suggests that they proceed slowly in the matter. Since his Address was delivered, the latter body, we are informed, having become independent of the Supreme Council A. and A. S. Rite, is, to our mind, the legitimate Grand Lodge. . He report,> that the new tax law of that State, assessing the new Temple at $469,000, will greatly embarrass the Craft, and requires considerate legislation. His Report is brief, and confined chiefly to local interests. The Grand Lodges of l\fnnitoba, Prince Edward Island, and Dakota, were recognized; and the Brethren prohibited from recognizing- the Masons holding under the so-ca1led Grand Lodge of Ontario. Bro. John S. Tyson submitted an excellent Report on Correspondence, of ninety-three pages, in whicll Missouri is fUlly and fraterna1ly noticed. A large amount of local business was transacted. No Committee on Correspondence announced. JOHN H. B. LATROBE, Baltimore, G. l\L JACOB H. :MEDAIRY, 6 N. Howard street, Baltimore. G. Sec.


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MICHIGAN, 1876. [G. F. G.}

Grand Lodge met in Detroit, January, 1876. Bro. George H. Durand, G. M., presided. He reported nine l}eW halls dedicated. He submitted fO].lrtecn decisions, froni. the most important of which we condem;e the following: Lodges cannot collect debts by suits at law. Objection stops a candidate at any stage of his progress, and the reasons need not be i'tated; but if stated, they may be inquired into, as to soundness. It is not proper for members to appear in Masonic clothing at public socials or banquets.

Summons must be by personal service, but if the. party acknowledge one by mail and appear under it, he cannot take advantage after trial'of its character of service.' It is a Masonic offense and punishable, for a Mason to use ini'ulting or contemptuous language about officers of '11. Lodge before the profane, or in pUblic places.

A Lodge, as such, shOllld confine its charitable bequests to worthy distressed Masons, their widows llnd crphans. There is no limitation against the frequency of re-electing the Worshipful :Master. A diploma cannot be granted to a dimitted Brother. A Loclgecan refuse a dimitand compellL member to continue to pav dues. [With this we do not agree. We hold that any member who complies with the iaw as to dues: etc., is not under charges.)

The loss of one eye h{not a disqualification. [Relative to this decision, the Jurisprudence Committee reported adversely in a report of five pages, and after considerable 'discussion, they were sustained, although we must eonfess that we agree with the New York Committee-which see.l . Lodges cannot, by a By-Law, deprive a member of voting, etc., for non-payment of dues, without trial. With all of which we agTee, except those we have noticed in [brackets]. The Grand Lodge levied an assessment the year previous of ten per cent. on the Lodges, and authorized the Grand Master to arrest the charters of all Lodges which refused to pay within sixty days, the Lodges to stand sllspended until the same was paid. Much local business was transacted. No Report on Correspondence. l\IATTHE\V :MAYNARD, Marquette, G. M. ELl,ERY 1. GARFIELD, Detroit; G. Sec. and For. Cor.


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Annual eommunication of Grand Lodge at Vicksburg, February 7, 18i7. Two hundred and nineteen Lodges represented. Bro. John Y. 1furry, G. 1\-1., presided. His Address gives a full account of his official acts during the year, which show that he has faithfully discharged his duties. He reports seventeen decisions, all of which were approved except the fourteenth: A Masonic Lodge room, owned by :Masons, should be used or occupied only by Masons. The Committee on Jurisprudence callcd attention to the action of the Grand Lodge, in 1874, which left this question to the discretion of the subordinate Lodges, and deemed it unwise to agitate the subject further. He granted dormant ones.

Dispel~sations

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R. W., Bro. J. L. Power, submitted his Report, as Grand Secretary, which is full and specific in it'> details.

R. W., Bro. F. Speed, Chairman of Committee on Widows' and Orphans' Home and Industrial School, submitted a very interesting report of thc various :Masonic institutions of charity, now existing, and also those which had been heretofore projected, but after-a brief term of years, abandoned.

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In accordance with the report, a resolution was unanimously adopte'd to refer a proposed additional Article to the Constitution to the subordinate Lodges, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a Widows' and Orphans' Home. We wish them God speed in this work, but must say that we have become disheartened with attempts of that nuture that proved failures, yet not dOUbting the ability of our Fraternity to undertake and carryon such enterprises successfully, can only hope that their wishes and ability will go hand in hand. From one of t.he reports of Committee on Law and Jurisprudence, we select this question and answer: Question Thi1'ty-Seven.-Is 'it a Masonic offense for a Brother to bankrupt his Lodge or Brother on a just debt? .

Answer.-All questions of this character are difficult of solution. The,Lod~e is not a forum to adjudicate accounts and business transactions between Brethren. Your Committee find a growing disposition on the part of Masons to call upon the Lodge to settle pecuniary t.ransactions路 between them, and they regard it as a bad omel1 for the harmony and prosperity of our cherished and time-honored Institution. The time was, not far distant in the past, when years, and many Annual Grand Communications were allowed to pass, and not a single question involVing the honor and integrity of Masons in business was brou""ht up for review by your Grand Body. If they continue to increase as they have in the last fifteen or twenty years, you will find it necessary to organize a Masonic Court to sit in the interim, to hear and determine the grievances arising from business transactions, between Brother and Brother. They seem to forget a funaamental principle which underlies our organization-that a good Brother will not cheat, wrong or defraud his' Brother. The conclusion frqm this necessaril); pre-supposes that some who have succeeded in getting within the inner door of our Mystic Temple, are not of the right sort. Your Committee must meet the question before it. A diSCharge in bankruptcy relieves the party from legal liability from his debts. But whether it discharges the moral


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obligation, we leave for the High Court of Heaven's Chancery to decide. We can only speculate on it here. The conscience of each Brother who knows the relation he sustaim to his Brother, should regulate the matter; but conscience, that faithful monitor, sometimes goes to sleep, and then the Lodge is called in to adjust the difficulty. While your Committee do not believe that in one case in ll. hundred, disciplining a Brother for bankrupting 路his Lodge, or his Brother, would result in any goo(l to either party, yet they do believe that after a man gives up all his worldly goods in satisfaction of his debts, and not heing'able to prefer his creditors-his Brethren-that they should exhibit toward him in his poverty a great amount of charily, and. if a proper spirit pervades both parties, the bankrupt ought to use every effort to satisfy his Brother by discharging the moral obligation, as far as he can, as his means accrue. A liberal minded Brother would compromise on such a spirit heing shown, and they could be made la.'>ting friends. . Your Committee would, therefore. not advise proceedings in your Lodges, but commend the Brethren to the exercise of the best feelings of our simple nature. If frauc! can be l\~tablishedon the part of the bankrupt, he ought to be expelled. If, after his discharge, he is successful in business, and has the ability, he ought to endeavor to satisfy his Brother and his Lodge. The Report on Foreign Correspondence was p~epared by Bro. John T. Buck, for MOi:'t Worshipful Past Grand Master, T. S. Gathright. We have read, with pleasure, his extracts and comments upon Proceedings, etc., of other Grand Lodges, and if there is any point on which we should differ with him, it has esp-aped our notice. l\Ii.~souri is fraternally noticed, and Bro. Gouley's plan of expediting business in ,Grand Lodge is given in full. We do hope it will be heeded. In these Proceedings we waded through page after page of scattered reports of Committee on Law and Jurisprudence, before we found one we were looking for, upon the Edict of Most Worshipful Grand Master, against subordinate I,odges asking aid from other Grand Jurisdictions; we found it at last, almost by accident. The committee it is hardly necessary to say, approYed the Edict. ' The recommendation of Committee on Foreign' Correspondence, to rccognir-e the Grand Lodge of Hie Isle of Cuba, which was referred to 'Committee' on Law and Jurisprudence, was not concurred in by the latter, and adion was laid oyer until the next Grand Communication. Recognition was extended to the Grand Lodges of Princc Edward Island, and W~'oming.

In memory of our late Brother, George Frank Gouley, Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi near tile Grand Lodge of Missouri, an appropriate page is set apart in these Proceedings, by Bro. J. L. Power, Grand Secretary. Re-elected. M. W., JOHN Y. MURRY, Ripley, G. M. R. W., J. L. POWER, Jackson. G. Sec.

MINNESOTA, 187 t l. Grand Lodge held its Twenty-fourth Annual Communication in St. Paul, January 9. 18ii, having been ushered into existence by an uncertain Lodge of Master Masons.

One hundred and one Lodges represented. M. 'V., J. C. Braden, G. M., presided.

He reports granting Dispensations for four new Lodges. G. L.-A 3.

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Among decisions given by him are these: If Bro. A. plots to injure the business or reputation of Bro. B., and informs Bro. C., under a pledge of secrecy, Bro. C. is not bound by that pledge, but should ~ive Bro. B. warning. If Bro. C. has received such a secret, and is summoned liS a w"itness in a Masonic investigation, he is bound to reveal it.

. The jurisdiction of our City Lodges is concurrent; one Lodge has no privilege not enjoyed by the others. A non-affiliate rejected need not wait six months before renewing his petition. He Clln renew it at any time. A non-affiliate is not required to apply to the nearest Thdge for membership. A Lod~e in this State ean receive the petition of a non-affiliate living in another State, but aoing business in this one. A person who has lost, not an eye, but the sight of an eye, can be made a Mason. The Committee on Jurisprudence reported against this decision, but the Grand Lodge approved it-on the principle, no doubt, that lightning never strikes twice in the same place. So a person who has already lost the sight of one eye will never lose the use of the othe'r, and is, therefore; just as sound as oue who was blessed with two eyes by the wise providence of the Great. Creator. In Masonic trials we have nothing to do with the verdicts of juries, or the decisions of courts. [This decision was in reference to ca..<;es in civil courts.] In Minnesota but one ballot can be had for the degrees; a ballot had upon the advancement of a candidate is, therefore, void. He goes extensively into the subJect of objections to advancement, and suggests, as others have, the demand o( rea..c;ons for objections, ~nvestigations, etc. The Committee on Jurisprudence made a special report on this subject, which was la.id on the tab-Ie. He called attention to the improper use of the Seal of the Grand Lodge for other purposes than autheritieating official documents, which practice was condemned and positively prohibited by subsequent action of the Grand Lodge. â&#x20AC;˘

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He alludes to the Grand Lodge Registry, which the previous Grand Secretary had not kept writte'n up foc several years, and says: A case, sh'owing its usefulness, came to my knowledge during the year. An orphan boy was living in a family, the head of which had been appointed his guardian. The boy alleged cruelty on the part of his guardian, and fled from him; the courts interposed on theappli(,~'l,tion of his guardian. and he was taken from the friends where he had sought refuge, and returned to his former home. Hi:; ease attracted such attention that it was several times noticed in the St. Paul and Minneapolis dailies. Friends were interested in his behalf, but were powerless to help him. Hemembering that his father had been a Mason, he one day mentioned it to a friend, not a Mason. His friend communicated that fact to a Mason, but the Lodge of which the father had been It member was not known. The Grand Lodge Registry was appea1ed to and the Lodge a..s(;ertained. 'n~at Lodge was put in possession of the facts, the case found to be one that justified action, the courts were applied to, the boy taken from his former guardian, and J)]aCed in the family of an uncle in a distant Southern State, where he is Idndly treate , happy and contented, his troubles over. Without t.he Grand Lodge Registry it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to have known if ,the boy's statement was true, or, if true, the Lodge to Which his father belonged. His father in his lifetime as little thous;ht, as yOIl or I now think, that after he wa..s but dust in his gTave, the Grand Lodge l~eglstry would be of greut benefit to hi:; orphan child. Let us, therefore, not wi~hhold the sum needed to complete it, for it IIIay be as bread cast upon the waters, that WIll return to us after many days.


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With the following remarks from the Grand Master's Address, wOe preface the majority report of a special committee of three Past Grund Masters-A. 1'. Co Pierson, Aaron' Goodrich, and Charles Griswold, the last nllmed Brother making It minotity report, based upon his peculiar view of the subJect: This question was brought before the last Grand Lodge, referred to a committee, anod must come before us at this session. I deprecate the bringing of this question in its present shape before the Grund Lodges. I cannot see how good can "row out of it; evil may. l\la~onry regards not any man for' his mere worldly wealth or 'hollor. The rich and the poor, tne high and the low, stand in an equality before its altar. Race or color is not found in its vocabulary. There is but one disqualification of birth: a man must be" free-born" or he cannot be made a Mason. Brethren, we are nearly all 1\1a~ters or Past Masters of Lodges; at our installation, in the presence of Almighty God, aud the Lodge we were called upon to preside over, to this question, "Do you admit that it is not in the power of any man, orbody of men, to make innovations in the body of 2\fasonry?" we solemnly, and I trust sincercly, answered, "I do." To strike out" free-born," or to make it of more cffect, is, I believe, such an innovation in the body of Masonry as we are pledged in the most solemn manner to resist. I

I know of but one way in which a profane ciln be made a Mll;;on, or a Mason not lL member, can be admitted to membership in 11. Lodge, and that. is by individual petition and unanimous ballot.. Had it been shown that colored men lbver applied to Lodges in this jurisdiction. and had been rrjected on account of color, there 11l1ght havc been a ground of complaint, and a de('cnt.pretext for tIle agitation of this question. ,

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This question has been before you for a year; it must be met at this session. I believe you are prepared to meet it. and to settle it in accordance with the ancient laws and usages of Masonry, and not otherwise. REPORT.

To the lofost Worshipful Grand LtJdge of Minnesota.·

At the last Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, a certain portion of the Address of the Grand Master was referred to a special committee, with instructions to report at the present session. Subsequently two papers were prcsented, and relerred to the same committee, with like instructiolls. 0

The two papers mentioned. by i<omc·mischance, have never comc into the possession of the chairman of tile committee, and the most diligent search lIas failed to elicit any information of tlleir whcreahonts. But your committee do not propose to dodge the issue supposed to bc presented in the said papers. They were supposed-and it was so stated by the Brother presenting th~m-to be, the one an application on the part of several colored men claiming to be M&.50ns, and to be organi7Rd into two l\fa.,;onic Lodges, I())" recognition as legally made Masons, with the view that the Grand Lodge of l\1inllesota should either recoglli7-G their charters or issue Ilew ones to them.. . The other was stated to be from a present or past o1ficer of a body styled the" Prince Hall Gralld Lodge," locatcd ill BostOIl, Massachusetts. asking the Grand Lodge of Minnesota to recognize it as II regularly constituted and legal Grand Lodge. The papers ~entioned were not read in Grand Lodge, and neither their contents, or from whom theJ came, is a matter of record; but your committee are willing to accept the statement of the Brother presenting them, and to meet the issue fairly and squarely.. Thus there were two matters referred to your committee. It is generally expected that the chairman of a committee will draft the report. In this instance thc chalflIllln had not the time to devote to the various questions presented that was necessary, and l\1rther, he was perfectly willin~ to divide the honol's-choosing tor his own part that. which involved an examination of the historical origin, et.c., of the bodies asking recognition.

Conceiving that it would be very indelicate, to say the least, to ask the Past Grand Master-who is a member of the committee-to report upon his own address, that was assigned to H. W. Bro. Goodrich. the first Deputy Grand Master in this jurisdiction, whose erudition and well known devotion to Masonry wa.,; a guarantee that thc matter would be faithfully attended to. .


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, As to the second reference:

Are colored men, legally made Masons, entitled to recocynition? or can colored men be legally made Masons in the jurisdiction of thc Gmnd Lodge (}f Minnesota? are not the questions at issue. Those questions were settled long before the Grand Lodge of l\lillnesota had an exist~mce ; long befoTe Masonry was transplanted on this continent; decided when the qualifications for initiation were fir~t promulgated; long before Burns enunciated the noble sentiment: t " A man's a man, for a' that." These are questions upon which the Grand Lod~e has no power to legislate, either for or against; they are questIOns which belong. under charter, exclusively to the subordinate Lodges. They are the exclusive judges of who they will recognize, or make 1tfasons, and are sllbject only to the Ancient Lll.ndmarks of the Craft, and so far as color is concerned, it is just as competent for a Lodge to initiate a negro as it ic; a white man.

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The questions for this Grand Lodge to determine are: 1. Shall we rcceive into fellowship with,us certain parties who claim to be Masons, and grant them a charter? and

2. Shall we'recogni7.e the Prince Hall Grand Lodge as Body'?

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The usage of this Grand Lodge has ever been, when charters were asked for, to inquire: 1. Are the parties asking for a charter leg!l-lly made':MasollS? 2. Are they competent to conduct a Lodge'! and, 3. Is there

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apparent Masonic necessity for a compliance with the request?

In the application of the first of these tests to these parties. who claim to be regnlarly made 1\fasolls, it would scarcely seem necessllry to pursue the investigation further to determine the question, than the statement of the admitted fact, that with but few exceptions they Were made in Minnesota, but not in Lodges chartered or organized by the Grand Lodge of 1\linnesota; but as it is possible that some parties might conceive this to be a summary decision, we will, as brietly as pOS-':iible, la~' before you the result of our investigation. In 1874, the Grand Lodge of England granted to certain parties, residents of Boston, in )fassachusetts, 11 charter, in the then usual form, under the name of African Lodge, registered us No. 459, authorizing the parties therein named to make Masons, according to the ancient constitutions, and named Prince HaJI for its first Master. It is 1I0t neeessary for the purpose of this investigation, to present arguments to J?rove the authority of the grand Lodge of England in that aet, or to sustain the regularIty or the legality of the African Lodge. Suffice to say that it was a legally established Lodge, haVing subordinate Lodge powers, and sud~ o n l y . ¡ , Prince Hall is supposed to have remained its Master until his death, in 1807. In 1797. Prince Hall, by Dispensation, established two Lodges, one in Philadelphia and the other in Providence, K 1. There was at that time a Grand Lodge in each of those States, claiming exclusive jurisdiction in :Masonic mutters. This act of Prince Hall wa.'! decidedly a violation of the jurisdictional.rights of each of those.Grand Lodges, and of course, on that issue alone, the Lodges thus established were irregular and clandestine; even admitting that Prince Hall had been clothed with power to organixe new Lodges, of which there is no evidence. But again, the status of these two Lodges arc determined by the an'cient Constitutions. The eighth of the thirty-nine articles, commonly called" Anderson's Constitutions," printed in1723, declares: If any set or number of Masons shall take upon themselves to form a Lodge without the Grand 1\faster's warrant, the regular Lodges are not to countenance them, nor to own them as fair Brethren duly formed, nor approve their acts and deeds, but must treat them as rebels.

VI'e can arrive at no othCl cOl~clusioll than that the two Lodges organized by Prince in 1797,'were irregular and clandestine; because:

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1. Of the violation of the juri~rlictional rights of the Grand Lodges of Pennsylvania and Rhode Island respectively; and 2. They were organi7..ed without the warrant

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• In 1808, one year after the death of Prince Hall, the two Lodges before ~lOted and African Lodge, No. 459, formed Prince Hall Grand Lodge, in Boston. The foregoing facts would seem to be sufficient to establish the status of that Prince Hall Lodge. It would extend this Report. to too great a length, and it is not necessary to recite the rumors relative to the time this body continued in existence. All the evidence tends to show that it had ceased to exist previous to 18~7. Diligent research has presented nothing reliable until 1847, when we again hear of another Prill<~e Hall Grand Lodge, the one now asking recognition at our hands. "

In 1846 an application was made by certain parties to the Grand Lorlge of l\fassachuto be healed: the matter was referred tQ a eommitt~e. In due time the committee reported the result of its investigation, concluding with:

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That there were ini>uperable objections to granting the petition, which· it is not necessary to mention, especially as it is understood that the petitioners have concluded. to obtain a charter from the African Lodge in Pennsylvania. The investigations of the committee rleveloped that a white man, a member of a subordinate Lodge in )fassachusetts, had, in company with a ne~o from Philadelphia, imposed upon a number of persons by causing them to pass throllgh certain ceremonies of mitiation, etc., assurlnl? them that they were "rasonic, and furnishing them with a Dispensation to work, WIth the further assurance thnt after one year's probation, 'the Grand Lodge of l\fassachusett.., would grant them a charter. The Grand Lodge promptly expelled the white man. The next year, viz: .June 24. l!H7, we again hear of a Prince Hall Grand Lodge, as delegates from it and two other Grand Lodges met in convention in Boston, and formed a:Nabonal Graud Lodge of Colored Masons. The inference is-and we have been unable to lind any evidence to the contrllry-that the parties, disappointed in obtaiuing rec(jgnition by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, in some way resuscitated the Prince Hall Grand Lodge. ' From these fact.., we can only deduce that the latter Prince Hall Grand Lodge was also irregular and clandestine. • We may remark, en passant, that from the Prince Hall Grand Lodges, and the National Grand Lodge, have all the other colored Lodges cmanated. To your committee these are conclusive reasons why the Grand Lodge of Minnesota cannot recogni7R the two organimtions in this State, or the members thereof', as regular. 1. The charters were not issued by the Grand Lodge, and no other power has authority to establish Masonic Lodges in the State. . . 2. A larp;e proportion of the members of these organizations were not' free-born, to say nothing of other disabilities whieh, if they existed llmoug white men, would prevent this Grund Lodge from accepting them. 3. No indivirlual :Mason can-as all ::\fasons must know-hold Masonic commu;)ications with a clandestinelv made Mason, or one under sentcllcc of suspension or expulsion, while such a disabifity exists. And there is no power iu t.his or any other Grand Lodge to ·absolve the Craft from that obliglltiOll; and 4. These parties do not ask to be healed; nay, they most em phatically declare that they will not be; and it is simply impossible, without violating every principle of Masonry, to reccive any of them upon any othcr terms. We would extend to the neo-ro every right. benefit and privilege which his manhood entitles him to, but are not in favor of extending to him, lier.mue he is a negro, privileges that we could not grant tD the white man. , Again, neither the good of humanity, nor the intercsts of Masonry, rcnder it obliga-


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tory upon us to enter the arena and decide between the numerous factions into which colored organizations are divided, each of which are denouncing the others as clandestine. In conclusion, the following resolutions arc offered for the consideration of the Grand Lodge:

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1.' Re.so!ved, That the Grand Lodge of Minnesota decline-<; to recognize the Prince Hall Grand Lodge, located in Boston, Massachusetts, for the reason of its irregular formation. 2. R(~s()!ved, That this Grand Lodge cannot recognize charters as having any validity in this State, except those issucd by its authority, and that it cannot issue charters except to such l\lasons as arc of its obedience. ~. Resolved, That color is neither a bar to, or a recommendation for the reception of Masonic degrees in this juridiction,and that it is perfectly competent for allY Lodge in this jurisdiction to make :Masons of any parties possessing the required qualifications, viz: By being a man, free-born, of lawful age, of good report, and well recommended. Fraternall)' submitted, A. T. C. PIERSO:N, Chairman oj Commmee.

'l'hese nople and truly Masonic re-solutions were put to vote, and there appeared in the affinnative, eleven Grand Omcers, thirteen Past Grand Officers, and ninety-seven Lodges, making It total of three路hundred and twenty-one votes. In the negative there appeared one Past Grand Officer and two Lodges, total seven nays. H we held the

sa~ views as the Ohio committee and the mipority, we should feel as if we had been sat on by an Elephant after that vote. We hope now that mistaken views of philanthroPY will not lead anv more inconsiderate Brethern to throw fire'brands into our Temple, and that they will "accept the situation," viz: that" it is not in the power of any set of men to make innovations in the body of Masonry."

The Proceedings are ele:rantly published and lLrr~n~ed. and the Gra~ld SecretarY (Bro. Pierson), deserves great praise for the unprecedented short time in which he got thEm out: He submitted the Report on Correspondence, of IS:) pages, in which Mtssouri, for 18i6, as well as all the States, are fUlly, ably and fraternally reviewed. JAMES C. BRADEN, Litchfield, G. M. A. T. C. PIERSON, St. Paul, G. Sec. and For. Cor.

NEW YORK. 1876. [G. F. G.]

Grapd Lodge met in New York, June 6, 18i6. [These Proceedings were not reviewed in our last Report, owing to sickness.! Bro. Ellwood E. Thorne, G. 1\拢., presided. He reported Dispensations for cleven new Lodges. A large number of special Dispensations were reported. He reported the halls of four Lodges destroyed by fire, and seven new halls dedicated. He. reported twent.y-seven decisions, mo~t of them of local issue, but among the most important, of general interest, we eondemc the following:


39 Rejection for affiliation does not give the Lodge perpetual jurisdiCtion, LCldges may levy assessments for extraordinary occasions, and colIection may be enforced. Ballot for degrees, when,onee commenced, cannot be adjourncd. Objections to conferring degrees must be stated to the Mal5ter, and he will decide whetherthey are valid or not. A member may be disciplined for disclosing his balIot. A I\fastcr may be disciplined for unmal50nic cond,:ct in office, after his term has expired. A sentence of repl'imand should fix a date for its execution, sufficiently remote to allow the"accused time to appeal against it. If a majority of. members of a Lodge are guilty of an offense, they must be tried, and if justice be trifled with, then an appeal will lie to the 'Gran'd Master or Grand Lodge.

A Grand Lodge will not restore a Brother expelIed in another jurisdiction. All members, whether officers or not, arc amenable to the moral law or criminal laws of the land. . An 'appeal lies to the Grand Master against a Lodge which refuses to entertain charges. An expeiled member may apply to Imy Lodge for restoration. ~'Once a Mason,ulways a Mason," relative to hig obligations, whether expelled or not. It ig hot the province of. investigating committees to inquire into religious proclivities. Ma~ters of

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Lodges may meE;t together for the" purpose of affecting or influClleing the consent of Grand Masters.

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[We look upon this decision as erroneous, for out of just such indefinite conventions has nrisen, and may arise, resolutions leading to the disturbance of the Craft of a whole State.] Minutes must be read and approved before the Lodge closes. J',finutes having been approved may be corrected at a subsequent communication by another minute of the error, but cannot be altered. Past Wardens are eligible to Mastership without reference to the locality of servicc as Warden. ' The ,Master's presence in Grand Lodge as a rcpresentative vacates any proxy that may have been issued by the Lodge for thatpurp08C. â&#x20AC;˘ It is not proper to require bonds of a Lodge officer, he being bound by hi's obligation.

Thc New York City Board of Relief reported having disbursed over $4,000; $136 55 was in behalf of Missouri. ' The following appropriations were made: 'To the Grand Secrctary was voted as a salary, $.3,500, and his clerk-hire,$l,iiOO; to Committee on Foreign Correspondence, $400; Grand Lecturer, $1,000 salary, and $;;00 for traveling expe;nses; Grand Tiler, $?OO; Grand Pursuviant, $200 ;'Charity Committee, $695. A large amount of busincss was transacted, rel!\tive to the Hall and Asylum Fund. The reports of the DLtrict Deputy Grand Masters are flIllyand very rendered, exhibiting a healthy state ,of Masonry in their districts.

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Bro. John W. Simons, chairman, sUbmitted, as usual, a splendid Report on Corre,Spondence,of 116 pages, including translations of European Bodies, by Bro. Chas. Sackrenter. Missouri is favored with five pages, in which are included all the decisions of Bro. Luke. He thinks (as we do, individually), that the decision against one good eye ,. carries us a little too far III the way of strict observance." He also thinks that a waiver of jurisdiction should only be given in favor of a Lodge named. He thinks members ought to be summoned to attend elections. He reeommends that onr solution of the Scotland case" be made. of general .acceptance." He agrees with the New York law. that a member can be deprived of voting, etc., for non-paid dues, without suspension. . . After reviewing, in a very able manner, and apparently exhausting- all that can be said upon either side of the colored question in Ohio and elsewhere, he virtually covers the whole ground by saying" : And when its ,Ohio) committee made its report, recommending that Grand Lodge to annul its previous histor)', to cancel its claim to its well established right of jurisdktion, and to recognize as regular clandcstine l\-Jasons, and then divide its jurisdiction with them, it in terms proposed to overthrow the whole labors of a century, and to open our territory to every set of adventurers who, proclaiming themselves to be a Grand Lodge, should choose to occupy our ground an.d dispute our authority. His European Report is very valuable indeed, especially that portion relating to the transaction of the Grand Lodge League of Germany, and its qu.asi recognition of the clandestine negro (so-called) Grand Lodges in the United States. We expect further advices upon this question before recommending summary a.ction by our Grand Lodge. JAMES W. HUSTED, Peekskil~, G. M. JA:;\1ES M. AUSTIN, M. D., New York City, G. Sec. JOHN W. SIMONS, New Y~rk City, For. Cor.

NEW YORK, 1877. Ninety-sixth Annual Communication of this Grand Lodge was held in New York City, June 5, ~8i7.· • Six hundred and sixty-eight Lodges represented.

~I. W., James W. Husted, G. l\f. presided. In his Address he truly says that they are approaching the centennial era of their existence, and that the retrospect of past years shows no cause for fears of the future, but successes still moregloriou8 may be expectedh~ the years to come.

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. . A review of the year just past would not be complete without an allusion to the deaths of su('h prominent members of the Fraternity as P. G. M., Bro. ·Nathaniel F. \Varing; R. \V., Bro. John Doye, Grand Secretary of Virginia; and H. W., Bro. George Frank Gouley, Grand Sccre~ry of Missouri, to whom he alludes in fraternal and appropriate language.


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He reports Dispcnsations granted to eight new Longes, contrary to his early intentions, but becauiie the reasons given why they should be granted were presented with so milch cogency and force, and were so overpowering, that he felt it to be his duty to yield, and he thinks that the wisdom of doing so has" in each case been verified.. Under the head of jurisprudence he makes the following remarks, which we insert, in the hopes that sOl'ne of the many Masters of Lodges who have never read similar expressions of their duty before, or have never heeded them if read, may think that they are ncw, and endeavor to corrcct the error of their ways, so that Grand Masters may be relieved of the necessity of annually alluding to the inexcusable want of knowledge 'which imposes on thcm so much labor: Your Grand Master has been called upon almost daily to render decisions upon mooted questions of :Masonic law, but he feels constrained to say that the vast. majority of the questions submitted to him for consideration were too simple to be noted for the approval of tbe Grand Lodge. Questions without number, which a rcading of the Constitution and the Statutes would have settled in It moment, have been from time to time submittcd as if they were new and original propositions. And here let me impre~s upon the Musters of Lodges the absolute necessity of familiarizing themselves with the Masonic law of the jurisdiction. As no legislator is fitted for that position who does not" carefully rcad and inwardly digcst" thc organic law, as no jurist is fitted to occup~' the bench who has not studied the law and the practice, so no Mason should (lver aspJre to oecupy the l\Iaster's chair who is not Willing after his election (if he has not done so before) to make himself thoroughly acquainted with the Constitution and the Statutes, especially since he can 00 so in w short a time, lind by so doing can not only relieve the Grand Master of a great deal of uscless and unnecessary labor, but can thereby, and only thereby, become himlicIf a wise and successful ruler. . The following case of difficulty has arisen with the Grand Jurisdiction of Connecti-. cut. Such troubles would never arise if the Statute regulations of the different Grand -- Lodges were morc in accordance. In this case there -is no qucstion of La~dllll1rks or primitive usage, and although the theory once obtained that a Dispensation granted for a new Lodge to seven or more Brethren, dimitted them from mcmbership in the Lodges to which they previously belonged, the practice showed it to be an interference with the .rig-ht.s of Lodges, and Grand Lodges might, with equal propriety, assign members to such Lodges as they pleased, so it was ended by the Grand Lodges, all, as we had supposed, adopting By-Laws which require the dimits of thc petitioners for a new Lodge to be sent in before a Dispensation can be issued. Such a By-Law we had the honor of int.roducing in l\lissouri, we shall not say how long ago. We have no doubt but. the Most Worshipfult Grand ~Iaster of Connecticut will decide, that, however local usage may justify such dimission of members of Lodges in his own Grand Jurisdiction, it should have no effect where members of Lodges in another jurisdiction were concerned, if contrary to t.he usagcs or By-Laws thereof: It a1?pears that two brethren of Webotuck Lodge, No. 480, in this State, bllt living in Connecticut, signcu a petition for It Dispensation to establish a new Lodge in that jurisdietion, which in due course was followed by a warrant, and the two New York members were made full members, without notice to Weboluck Lodge or any process of dimit. When, in the course of time, these brethren were called upon by Webotuck Lodge to pay their dues, the answer was, in terms, that they belonged to a Lodge in Connecticllt, and consequently owed the New, York Lodge nothing, It is claim.cd by the Connecticut aflthorities that the act of signing the petition for a Dispensation, lind continuilJ~ in the new Lodge under tbe warrant, scvered the New York membership; but a momen~'s consideration will show the untenable nature of this claim. Every person who becomes a member of a Lodge, under the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodgc, does so under the operation of our Constitution llnd Statutes; he continues his relations to the Lodge under the same sanction, and he can only f<evcr it in the way therein pointed out. Our law provides that membership can only be lievered when it shall appear that no char~es are pending against the member, an'd that all indebtedness to the Lodge has been paid Dy him; and it is not possible that auy other authority than our own should relicve !tny member of one of our Lodges of thc operation of this law. These Brethren, not havins- paid their dues to Webotuck Lodge. nor been dimitted from it by its action or consent, as III deed they could not be until they had complied with our law. it iselcarthat they are still members under this jurisdiction, and in case'Xlf their refusal'to comply with the law and obtain an honorable discharge, t.hev should be dealt with accordingly. I am gratified to learn that tne matter has been referred to the Grand l\Ia,~ter, of Connecticut with power; and I trust that he will see that the views here cxpressed are路the proper basis of settlement, and that the principle involved is too important in its bearings on the peaceful r~ations of tbe various JurisdICtions to be allowed to pass without a satisfactory adjustroent.


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He devotes a considerable portion of his Address to "Foreign Relations," most of the particulars of which are given in the Report on Foreign Correspondence. His remarks, some of which we extract, are both interesting and instructive. Of Scotland, he says: For many years past, this Grand Lodge. in common I believe with all others, has been unable t~ establish any correspondence or relations with the Grand Lodge of Scotland. The recent election of the well-known }ra.~onic scholar and historian. R. 路W., D. Murray Lyon, as Grand Secretary, 'will doubtless make it feasible at an early date for us to enter info relations and correspondence with this venerable Grand Lodge. measures looking to that end having baeD already inaugurated. In this connection I take occasion, in your IIllme ond behalf. to tender this public acknowledgment to R. W. nro. George S. Blackie, 1ILD., Hepresentative of thisGmnd Lodge near that of Tennessee, for his kind and fraternal offices in this mutter. And of the German Grand Lodges, and the Grand Orient of France, he says: I deem it proper to say that the action of the German Grand Lodges, through their .Annual Diet, though not yet what we desire, nppears to be approaching a deJinite lorm, in accordance with the wishes of the American Grand Lodges. The di1ficulty thus fILl' seems to be that our nrethren abroad do not seem fully to understand our position, and what we claim to be our rights in the premises. We are a nation, but a nation made up of independent States, united together for mutual prot~ction; but in our domestic matters acting each fori tscl f, and each one jealous that its domestic rights shall not be made the subject of interference, either by another State or bv the whole Nation. Hence our Grand Lodges act, each for itself, in accordance with the general principles of the Craft, but independently of all others, so far as the concerns of Ancient Craft Masonry llre in question. 'l'hus each Grand Lod~e is in it.~elf II :Masonic liation, and admits no interfcrence with its rights of domestic authority. When we say that we claim sole llnd absolute jurisdiction in our respectivc territories, we mean that no Lodge can lJe instituted, governed or withdrawn without our consent: we mean that when allY other .Masonic power, either directly or by implication, undertakes to establish or to countenance the establishment of Lodges within the lines of any of our regularly established jurisdictions, they trespass on our rights, and imperil that feeling of harmony find brotherly love which we are anxious to maintain. Now, in Germany, the)' have agreed that we have a right to l70vern Masonry in our rcspective jurisdictions; but unfortunately, they assume that theIr recognition of bodies declared by us to be clandestine is not all interference with our rights in the premises, and so they propose to determine whllt is a suffieien\..ly Masonic organization to entitle the mcmbership thereof to the .right of visit in their Lodges, not aJ?parently seeing that this is ill reality passing upon the whole question; for if our declaratIon as to the legality of a body of men stylillg it.o;;e1f Masonic, located in our midst, is not final, then we might as 'well not have any rights at all. When the minds of our German friends become clear on this point I am of opinion that the long-mooted differences between us will disappear, and that our relations will thenceforwnrd be harmonious and fraternal. In France thc prospect is less encouraging. Apart from the continucd recognitioll of a spuriolls body claiming the right to e~tablish Lod&,es within the jurisdiction of.the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. the fact is now settled that in 1"ranee it is not necessary that a candidate for the privileges of Masonry should entertain or declare a helief in the existence of God; or, in other words, that an avowed Atheist can be made-or at least dedared-a :\'lason, without question. This is entirely distinct from the proposition to amend the Constitution of the Grand Orient by striking therefrom the formula recognizing the Deity; and it-l'o1)ows that English7speaking nations. and. indced, all others true to the preee-pts .and Lo,ndmarks of thc Institution, and determined to preserve it unsullied from the pol.luting touch of infidelity, can under no justifiable pretense continue or renew their Masonic relations with those who refuse to recognize, us a vital tellet, the Fatherhood of God, as well as the Brotherhood of Man. . Still another point of interest is worthy of your attention. It has long been the policy of this Grand Lodge to hold no official rclations except with its peers-that is to say, with sovereign and independent Grand Lodges, having absolute control in their respective jurisdictions, and owing no fealtv or al1egiance whatever to bodies professing advanced degrees of a.ny kind. While we have no quarrel with Supreme Councils or Grand Orients .professing to govern symbolic Lodges as well as other organizations, we cannot recognize or enter into correspondence with them. . He gives an account of the disturbance of their home relations, by the call for a 路convention of Masters, Wardens and Representatives of Lodges, to be held in Rochester, to discuss the affairs of the Gqmd Lodge, saying:


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A proper respect' for the dignity of the position which you had accorded me, a due regard to the obligations I had assumed, and a recognition of the solemn and binding force of that obligation. forbade thatI, as the conservator of the COllstitutiOll, should, under anv circumstances, allow its provisions to be di80beyed or disregafdt~d. Empowered and oblfgated "to exercise all the executive functions of the Grand Lodg-e when not in session." I neither faltered nor hesitated in the course that I felt mid knew it to be my duty to pursue. I ordered R W.,W. J. LaRue, District Deputy Grand Muster of the Masonic District within whose jurisdiction the city of Rochester is embraced, to represent me, and to forbid in my name the organization of any Masonic convention. This order wa!, obeyed; but while the letter of the order was heeded, its spirit was eva.ded. Although the assemblage withdrew from the Hall without organizing as a )fasonic convention, they repaired to an adjoining room, and proceeded to organize as a convention of individuals;' whereupon an address was prepared, whieh has since been printed and sent to all of the Lodges 'within the jurisdiction. '1'0 this address its authors had the wise discretion not to append their names. The mattâ&#x201A;Źr which was proposed to be discussed at that convention was a temporary amendment of the Constitution, of which the following disposition was made by the Grand Lodge: " Report of Coriunittee on Constitution and Laws, to which was referred an amendment providll1g for the eontinuallce of the payment by each member of a Lodge of fifty cents annually towards the" Hall and Asylum Fund," was adopted by a vote of ayes, 1,314; nays, 730. The fees J)aid into the Grand Lodge the past year for the" Hall and Asylum Fund," amounted to ~2,756 50 .The debt of the f':lnd was reduced $41,430 05. Total debt remaining, .May 1, 1877, $778.046 20. In eleven years the whole debt will be paid 'off, and the corner stone of the Asylum will be laid. Not only that, but a fundamplefor every need will have been secured. Report Oil Forei~n Correspondence was submitted by M. W., Bro. John W. Simons, and, as usual, is very full and interesting. It gives the result of his examination of the iournals (how we do like change of phraseology occasionally) of thirty-seven Grand Lodges in the United States, seven in the Dominion, and eighteen' elsewhere, besides miscellaneous. The labor bestowed' by Bro. John W. Simons on the subject of Foreign Grand-Lodges, entitles him to all praise, as well as the thank8 of co-laborers in correspondence; who have alway8 made free use of his Reports. -We take this opportunity to acknowledge our indebtedness to him for nearly our entire Report on those Grand Bodies, which, with the aid of scissors, we have obtained from the Report now before us, and also for advice freely gi ,,'en by him and respected, if not always followed. The Commissioners of Appea!s reported a peculiar case. The Worshipful Master of S1. Nicholas Lodge No. 321, had, by letter, requested tha Secret.ary, who was a Past Master and one of the founders of the Lodge, to resign. fl.ssigning as a reason that he held the office against the wishes of the prineipal members of the Lodge, and that without their support his administration would not tie successful. The letter in reply to sueh a request was a remarkable prOduction, in the extravagance of its expressions, allli the severity of its sarcasm, and in their report the Commissioners said they could not give an adequate idea of its scope, style or subject matter. This letter was made the basis ofcharg-es against the Secretary, and upon due trial he was suspended by the Lodge, until .January 1, 1878. This judgment. etc., was set aside by the Grand Master, on the ground that the penalty was too severe, and unwarranted by the character of the offense as found, from which decision appeal was taken to the Grand Lodge. The question presented was a l\Hl.sonic offense.

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The Commissioners gathered from the evidence submitted t11at it was a private communication, not intended to be made public, und whilst they adverted t<:l both the letters that pasRed between those Brethren us indiscreet and improper, the first one not justif)'ing the severity of the reply, they gave it as their opinion that the writing of the 'reply was not路an indictable offense, and in view of an the circumstances was not a :Masonic offense, and recommended that the decision of the Grand :M:aster be affirmed. Journal of Missouri, for 18i6, is kindly noticed. He puts in a quiet reminder of the amended law of New York, in relation to dimits, which allows the issue of the document to Brethren permanently removing from the jurisdiction. He make.o;; this addition to his Report, giving the remarks of Grand Master, X. Ryland, at the funeral, ill full.

Since writing the foregoing we have received the til;lings of the untimely and tra~ic death of the Grand Secretary, R. W., Bro. George Frank Gouley, who perished at tne burning of the Southern Hotel, at St. Louis. To us his loss is more than we can express, for. apart from our official relations, there existed between us a warm personal friendship-the growth of many years. His last letter came to us simultaneously wit.h the anllouncement of his death: and we realize the faet that comes sooner 'or later to all men approaching the end of life. that the places occupied by the friends of our early days, when vacant, cannot again b,: filled. . No words at our command can so fittingly express his worth as those spoken by the Grand Muster, in presence of his remains: Let us add, that to all who knew and loved him, and in whose hearts his memory will best be kept, we offer the assurance of our most sincere and heartfelt condolence.

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After a lengthy discussion, recognition of the Grand Lodge of the Indian Territory was refused. This mattBI,' is a little mixed. It seems that when the New Grand j,odg-e was about to be formed, Alpha Lodge,holding under the Grand Lodge of Kansa.", wfused t.o participate, while the remaining Lodges in the Territory, holding from the Grand Lodge of Arkansas, went on and formed 11 Grand Lodge, which has not, however, been recognized by the Mother Grand Lodge. The Indian Grand Lodge }'las notified Alpha Lodge to surrender its warrant, and the Grand Lodge of Kansas tells it to hold on. One of the difficulties in this ea.<;e appears to be in the fact that the Indian Territory is not a. regularly organized Territory, but, on the contrary, the several tribes or nations of Indians are separate, and independent of each other; and it is doubtful whether the Grand Lodge can rightfUlly exercise anv authoritv outside of the particUlar nation in which it is located: We await further developments.. He makes these remarks upon the Address of the Grand Muster of Wahington Territory, touching the subject of obligation in Masonic charity. It may be remarked that the question of reimbursement, where the member of one Lodge has been cared for when Sick, relieved when in distress. or buried when dead by another, is giving rise to considerable discussion; so much so, that the Grand Lodge of :Missouri has addressed a circular to the rest with a view to eliciting opinion, and, if possible, bringing about concurrent action on the subject.

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NEV ~l?~, 1876. The history of this Grand Lodge during the past two years has been marked by three disastrous fires. Culling- from the Address ofthe Most Worshipful Grand ~lfiSter, and the Report of the Right Worshipful Grand Secretary, we have this connected account of those event~ : On the 19th of May, 1875, the building occupied by all the Masonic Bodies of Virginia City was burned, and the lihrary of the Grand Lodge nearly destroyed. The different Lodges thereafter obtained permiss10n and held their meetings at the Odd Fellows' Hall. On September 3, 1H7;i, the latter building was nearly destroyed by fire,and the Lodges left destitute of their books, papers, records, and paraphernalia. On the 19th day of :May, 1875, the building in which the Grand Secretary's office was located was destroyed by tire. With the assistance of a number or brethern, part of the furniture and books of the office were saved, \\'hich were tempomrily removed to the basement of Bro. Currie's briek building. and from there to a room in the rear of the Virginia Savings Bank, at which place the balance of the books, records, papers, and furniture of every description belongin " to this Grand Lodge in conne~tion with the Grand Secretary's office were completely i ost in the great conflagration of October 26, 1875. Fortunately the valuable Grand Lodge Jewels were -in the vault of the SaVings Bank, and were all saved, excepting that of the Grand Organist. After the first fire a fair settlement was had with the Imperial and Queen Insurance Companies, and the estimated loss of $7\-14 25 was paid to the Grand Treasurer. The Insurence Companies~ however, refused to settle the last loss) because, as thcy claimed, notice of the removal or the articles had not been given them 111 writing, notwithstanding the fact that the building in which they had been stored had been destroyed, as well as the one in which they were sto-ed at the time of the fire. But.that widespread and fearful destruction which bore away almost the entire Cit,of Virginia ill an appalling volume of flame and cloud of stilOke, was visitant here October 2G, 1875. AI the book.,>, papers, records, and property belonging to the Grand Lodge, except its funds in bank and Its Jewels, were but insignificant contributions to the migh ty conflagration. The same was true of all the Masonic Bodies, and indeed of the entire family of secret orders in this city. Not a room ill the remaining portion of the city was available for the safe and proper conYening of any secret body. The postponement of the regular Annual Communication of the Grund Lodge was impel'lltive. . It is true that our 7.ealous brethern of VirO'inia City, through their untiring energy, had completed their eleÂĽuntly finished hall, wl1ich was readytbr ollr Ilse; but we were without returns from tne constituent Lodges, and destitute of Reports from our ,sister Grand Lodges. It was therefore finallv deemed advisable to postpone any convening of the Grand Lodge until the third Tuesday of November, 1876.

How rapidly our enterprising young sister has reco,-ered from the elfect~ of such a fiery visitation, the Proceedings before us bear witness. 'Ve regret that in the short space of a review we cannot do more justice to the zeal and energy of our Brethern of this silver land. Twelfth Allllual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Nevada, helct in Virginia City, November 21, 1876. . M. W., R. VV. Bollen, G. M., presided. His Address recites the reasons for postponement of Annual Communication, in 1875, giving also this interesting incident. lIfEETING ON 1I1OCNT DAVIDSON.

. On September 8, 1875, soon after the burning of the Odd Fellows' Hall, at Virginia City, I was requested to convene Fil'ginia Lodge, No. H, on the summit of Mt. Davidson. I readily a:;sented, inasmuch as the Bretherp were without other place of meeting. For the first time in centuries, as I believe, we met as did our Ancient Brethern, for securit, and privacy, npon-a high mountain, with the canopy of heaven for our covering, and the

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wirle expanse from East to West, for our Lodge room. It was the regular communication of the Lodge, which was srmply declared open for the transl1etion of regular business, without signs or ceremonies. The gathering was so vast that it was impossible with certainly to declare all visitors present in possession of our secrets. Every precaution wal' observed. Nearly every Grand Lodge III the United States, and nearly every nation upon the face of the globe was represented in the assemblage. The occasion was profounrlly interesting, and the memory thereof will not cease in Masonic history.

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The Proceedings were regula.rly recorded in the books of the Lodge, and are in print. The newspapers pUblished extended reports. The enemies of Freemasonry who had pretended to discover Providential design in the suecessive burnings of Lodge rooms were sorely discomfited. It was a proud day for lffisons and l\fasonry. lIe gives a prominent place in his Address to the fraternal dead of other Grand . Jurisdictions. All Past Grand l\{a.c;ters. Amongst the names we notice J. W. S. Mitchell, PU8t Grand Master of Missouri. He Âťo.ys, speaking generally of the subordhULte Lodges, that in po5nt of mem\)ership, and financially, they are prosperous, The following decisions were approved: Past Master's degree cannot be conferred upon a brother before he has been elected to the office of WorshipfUl Master. A 'Vorshipful Master elect cannot be installed and receive the Past Master degree afterwards. An)' Master )iason who is a member of a constituent Lodge is elegible to an appointive office ill the Grand Lodge. Jurisdiction cannot be waived over a profane elected to receive the degrees, if objections have been made to his initiation, unless the objections are withdrawn. All assessment upon members of a Lodge cannot be enforced as dues. A man having lost one eye is lacking in one of the senses, and cannot receive the degrees. A duplicate dimit must bear the same date as the original. The dimit of a Brother rejected for affiliation is his own property, and should be retumed to him after membership is refused him. A Brother raised in a Lodge, but not enrolled as a member on account of his failure to sign the By-Laws, which signing is one of its conditions of membership, is a nonaffilhtte, and lUay apply to any Lodge for affiliation, by furnishing, with hIS petition, a certificate from the Lodge in which he WIIS raised, stating such to be the cause of his inability to furnish a dimit. In some of the old editions of By-Laws in this jurisdiction there was this requirement of signing By-Laws; a more useless one it is difficult to conceive. It was seldom adhered to, and has been expunged whenever By-Laws were revised. The decision above wac; necessary and is correct. A Brother remaining silent until a ballot is declared closed, loses his right to vote, or to say how his vote would have been cast. The committee on jurisprUdence reported .an amendment to the constitution, providing: . 1. Onl)' one ballot for the three degrees. 2. An elected candidate. if objected to before initiation, should have his fee returned; and after one year from the time of such objection, if objection exists that length of time, may again petition as any other profane.


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3. If objection is made to auvllncement of a candidate, such objection shall be referre(! to II committee, who shall report at next stated meeting, UJIless further time be givcn; jf no cause tor objection be assigned, after due inquiry by them, at jf causc assigned be not sustained by two-thirds of the members present, the objection shall be considered . null and void. We cannot but think that after this experiment has been' tried a few years it will be changed, on account of the 1i)llowing corisequences. Troublesome investigations of causes assigned, which if not so clearly sho\vn as to cOllvince most of the members of a r~odge, may probably divide them in路 opinions, or leave a minority of one-third unconvinced; result, discord. Inability or unwillingness to assign causes, which, suffieient for an objector, might not be so to a majority of members. Result, old members ceased attending, and new, and possibly bad ones, arc ushered in. It is a troublesome question, and we should like to see it satisfactorily solved. We come now tothe Report of Foreign Taylor, chairman.

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This is closely printed, and, with the digest of decisions, covers 154 pages. We-fully Il.ppreciate the double loss sustained by Bro. Taylor. If his work, destroved bY the two fires, was any 'better than' that now before us, his readers have also cause for regret. For ourself, we dQ not regret the absence of Proceedings of fimrteen Grand Lodges named by him, because there 'are more before us now than we can manage. . We first skimmed through this Report hastily, then we read it through carefUlly, and now we know not where to commence our notice of it; and if we should quit it abruptly we can only say that we so much prefer reading this very interesting and valuable Report to TIlaking any comment'S upon it, that we shall, we fear, have exhausted in that manner all the time that we can possibly devote to it. Missouri, for 1.875, receives full and courteous notice, even to a pleonasm which crept in anhe end of a paragraph. It may have been accidentally, probably intentionally; it' was not the fault of the pen, but it finished the sentence. In reply to Bro. Gouley's comments upon dropping Entered Apprentices and FellowCrafts, and the question what does it effect, Bro. Taylor says: "It affects printers' bills, because we publish, every year, all the names borne on the annual returns of Lodges." In addition to the expense, and in consequence of such pUblication, it furnishes, a!' Bro. Gonlcy used to say, a directory for itinerant impostors. We give thl.8 account of Virginia Lodge, in Nevada, going back for once to the primitive custom of holding meeting" upon a high hill: " The meeting referred to was a stated communication of Virginia Lodge, No.3, and was held on the 8th day of September, 1.875. The Masonic Hall, in Virginia, was burned in )lay; the Lodges were then removed to Odd-Fellows' Hall, which was burned a few days before the meeting on the mountain, Bro. Albert Hires, the Worshipful Master of Virginia Lodge, at the solicitation of many Masons, and with the approval of the Grand Master, 1\1. W., Robert W. Bolles, notified the members to meet in regular communication at the summit of Mount Davidson, which is seven thousand, eight hundred and twenty-seven fect above the level of the sea, and nearly seventeen hundred feet above the cit.y of Virginia, The summit of the mountain is a pointed ma.ss of broken ~ranite, yet almost ul?on the very apex, and a little west of it, where there is a sort of basm, surrounded by cliffs, the Lodge was held. A rude altar of stone had been erected, whereon rested the three great lights, and beside it the represel1tatives of the three lesser lights; rude chairs of rough g-ntnite had also been built for the Master and Wardens, while the Brethren found ample 'accommodation in the way of seats by availing themselves of stone slabs and boulders,.which nature had profusely there provided. Arounrl that altar were gathered over three hundred Masons, who, in the heat of the mid-dav SUll, had toiled up tlle rngged mountain-side to witness and assist at the opening of a lI1~tsonic Lodge at 路a place so unusual in our time; and there, overlooking a city of twenty thousand people, on a summit fi'om which the country for the radius of perhaps


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a hundred miles is visible, with it'S towns, lakes, mountains, valleys, hoisting works, quarts mills and railroads, the Lodge was opened, and its regular business was transacted. The Most Worshipful Grand Master, by special invitation, presided .. A row of pickets, designated by white badges on their left arms, were stationed all around the summit. 'l'hey were near each other, so that none could pass or repass without permission. In that way the approach of cowans and eaves-droppers was efl'ectllnllv guarded against. As the Lodge was opened, the white emblem of. the Craft was throwil to the breeze from the flagstaff on the summit, and as the wind unwrapt its folds, and displayed the square, compasses and letter G thereon emblazoned, it was greeted by three cheers, that rang out upon the clear air like clarion blasts. An openin~fr ode was sung by the Lodge quartette, composed of Bros. E. J. Passmore, George N. Ee Is, C. L. Foster and George W. Dorwin, and a brief prayer was offered by Rev. Bro. J. D. Hammond. The Grand Master made a very feeling Address, thanking the Brethren for the invitation extended to him to preside on the occasion. He gave accounts of :;ome preliminarv meetings which had been held on the coast on the tops of hills; of one near HagtoWli, where the Brethren had come together in that way to raise money and provisions for SUffering immigrants, and over which meeting he had the honor to preside;' of a similar gathering, in 1~1, in Eureka, and of another at Auburn, California. But 'none of these were gatherings like the present, and he aglllIl thanked the Brethren that he had been called upon to preside over their deliberations. After the regular business of the Lod~e had been transacted, and under the head of the" Good of Masonry," Bro. Charles E. lJeLong, late United States :Minister to Japan, (who died October 26, 18i6J, was called upon, and responded very happily. He sketched the :,mrroundings within which they had erected their altar. Beneath them was the wealth of Ophir, and around them the tumult of trade, etc. He told them how in Japnn he had assisted in welding the link in :Masonry which made the chain complete around the world. Up to that time there had been one land where the Craft was not known. Now there was none. Masonry belted the globe. The lights of the altar had been lighted, and now there were six Lodges in the Empire, and the Institution was rapidly spreading. . Under the head of New llampshire, quoting from a decision in Vermont, that" the wlfe of an acclL'Sed should not be admittcd as a witness for' or against her husband."路 Of which he says: "We are of the opinion that the first is contrary to the rule observed in most jurisdictions, and for reasons 8tated elsewhere, could wish the opposite rule could become universnl." Bro. Taylor says: His" reasons, stated elsewhere," have escaped our observation. We think he is mistaken in supposing that" in most jurisdictions" the testimony of the wife is admitted for or again:;t her husband. And with all due deference to his opinion, we are of the opinion that it ought not to be. It would be introducing a seriously disturbing element in the matrimonial relation, if the wife were either compelled or allowed to testify against her husband: while, if she testify in his favor, the tribunal would always accept her testimony with distrust. Brothers of the corps correspondential (if that isn't a good word, it ought to be, and we hereby em~ower the editors ot the next edition of Webster's Dictionary to give us a'S authority for It), let us know how" the powers that be" in your respective jurisdictions rule upon this matter. In Nevada, the question is res integra, but we llazllrd little in saying that if it ever shall be raised here, the decision will he adverse to the admission of such testimony, on the ground that we will not thus invade the sacredness of the marriage compact. We tfi,ke pleasure in informing Bro. Taylor that, in this jurisdIction, husband and wife are each allowed to testify. A wife's evidence in behalf of her husband, together with his own statements, are received, and weight given to them according to their credibility. A wife will always be ready to testify for him, but against him, nevel', of her own accord; unless he is charged with offenses that would have converted the sacredness of the marriage compact into a curse, and then only a long course of persistent ill treatment from him will induce her to do aught but bear her wrong'S in silence. When a wife does unfold the talc of her secret prison-house, it is very seldom that her complaints are untrue; and who is there that knows them but herself? We have too many ofthcse whited sepulchres, and we regret to say that we know of some in our Lodges who, through policy or fear, present an affable exterior to the world, but have not a kind word fQr a wife at home; sometimes by a refinement of cruelty making her affections the special object of continuous and aggravated


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insults. (We l'C8crve ca.~e.s-oj which we know foul' this yeal'--w!lere men lWlle gone away entirely and dc.sGrted their families, leaving them destilute, to Imffel with the world as best t.hel) could; and thcse mel~ were lIlastcr MaBon-s, but, we believe, have all beel~ expelled. Such gel1.tlemen are careful that thcre shall, bc no witnesses ,of thc many petty abuses and insults heaped upon a long-forbearing wife. And when a wife, as a last hope of inducing some change in a. husband's conduct, appeals to the l,odge to protect her in her wrongsthe Lodge, of which she has always heard so much said, and which has been the innocent cause to which was wrongfully attributed his constant neglect of his home-when she has nerved herself to come forward and reveal the true character of him who had promised â&#x20AC;˘ to love and prot.ect her, God forbid that she should be denied a hearing, and her statements credence, unless they are traversed by strong evidence. We must leave this Report, interesting as it is, commending the idea introduced by Bro. Taylor, of giving a digest of decisions upon Masonic jurisprudence. Such an annual COlllpilation will be very valuable, and as ito; years are; so will its value be. M. W., GEORGE ROBINSON, Gold Hill, G. 1\1. R. W., SAMUEL W. qIUBBUCK, Gold HilL G. Sec. R. 'V., ROBERT H. TAYLOR, Virginia, Ch. COlll. For. Cor.

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Grand Chapter met in Lincoln, June 20, 1876. Bro. Alfred G. Hastings, G. M., presided. He reported Dispensations for three new Lodges. He submit!-Cd thirteen decisions, from which we condense the followiilg: A mcmber to get a dimit will apply in open Lodge, and it may be granted by a majority vote. [Wc hold that whcrc a meinber has complied with all the legal rcgulations providing for di.mits, that it cannot be denied him by a majority vote, (or any othcr vote,) and that it is not a subject to be voted upon, unless the party is put under charges. Suppose a bare majority vote no (under the decision), what then? Is that Brother who is clear of â&#x20AC;˘ the books, ana elearof aU charges, to be compelled to remain a member, when he wants t<> affiliate elsewhere? Certainly not. Our law requires the applieation for a dimit to be in 'writing and kcpt for future reterenee, and if it is in accordance with the conditions of our law, and he is not under charges, the Lodge is compelled to grant it without an)' vote whatever.] An imtalled officer camiot dirnit. The dimit dates from the Lodge record, no matter whether the party ever calls for the certificate of the fact or not. A non-affiliate may petition for membership at any time, and any where in the State. Lodges U. D. have same powers ovcr petitions for advancement 'as chartered Lodges. A quorum for business must consist of at least seven members. G. L.-A' 4.


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A member cannot be suspended for anything without due trial. Expulsion for non-payment of dues is illegal. A Worshipful Master has the right to exclude a member for unmasonic conduct. A vote granting a dimit cannot be reconsidered. 1iembers in arrears cannot be prevented from voting for officers, without a trial. Voting on questions bY,show ofhallds, is the proper Masonic mode. A man who has lost his right eye, is ineligible for degrees. [In this latter decision, the Grand Master includes the party among the" halt, the lame and the blind." In this, we think, he goes too far, for the loss of one eye scarcely iilterferes (if it does at all), with the exercbe of that one of the five senses, viz: "seeing." If an error, however, is to be made on this subject, we would rather see it "on the safe side," yet we think the deeision is a little too strong, although in accordance with a recent ruling of our own Grarfd Lodge.] With all the decisions (cxcept those noted), we fUlly agree. The Grand l\{astcr reports that some of the negro Lodges in Nebraska have applied for recognition, and he refers to the fact that other Grand Lodges have the subject under consideration, and suggests that some action be taken. He says: "Some of the European Gra'nd Lodges with whom we are in, friendly communieation have adopted some resolutions looking to the formal recognition of these so-called colored Lodges, etc." We quote this to call his attention to the faet that in Europe it is only the schismatic bodies forming recently what is ealled the" German League," who claim the right to plant Lodges in Nebraska or anywhere, and whose whole theory is sub,iersiYe of all Grand Lodge sovereignty, who ha,ve threatened to recognize the illegitimate Lodges in this country, and whom the American Grand Lodges must sooner or later dispose of as they have with France, .unless they come to their senses. The Grand Lodge Wisely ordered a change in closing its fiscal year a month before the meeting of Grand Lodge, in order to 路get in the returns of Lod~es in time to be properly examined. The Grand Lodge properly refused to recognize the so-called Grand Orient, of Hungary, which is nothing but a spurious child of the Grand Orient of France. Bro. James Laird, Grand Orator, delivered an eloquent and路 instructive address. A large amount oflocal business was transacted. Bro. James N. 'Vise submitted an excellent Report on Correspondence, of seventyeight pages, in which Missouri, for 1875, is fully and fraternally noticed. He does. not agree that a Chapter Past :Master has any right to sit in a Lodge of aetual Past Masters, and perhaps he is correct, but he neglects to give us any" reasons for the faith that is in him;" if they are good, let us have them, and, if sufficiently convincing, \ve shall second his motion; but until then, we must agree with our own time-honored usage on the subject. He promised to pray with his Grand Secretary, to use "sub-heads" (which, by the way, is the only thing the Proceedings before us need, to make them absolutely perjfXt), but he cannot be very righteous, for his prayers availed him nothing. The whole Report is a charming one, and the Proceedings present a model of pri'nters' workmanship. We are compelled, however, to again,put the conundrum to our esteemed Brother Grand Secretary, viz: Suppose the cover got torn off, how should we find the postoffice address of the Grand Officers? No Committee on Correspondence announced. GEORGE H. HUMMEL, Grand Island, G. M. WILLIAM R. BOWEN, Omaha, G. Sec.


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NEW BRUNSWICK, 1876. lG. F. G.] Grand Lodge met in St. John, September 27,1876. Bro. Robert T. Clinch, G. M., presifled. He reported adversely to recognition of the so-culled Grund Lodge of Ontario. He decided that a Lodp;e must be regularly dosed, and not adjourned from day to day. HeiSliued Dispensations for two new Lodges. The reports show the Cruft to be in a flourishing condition. A'motion to do Lodge Business in the Entered Apprentice degree was ruled out of order, n~ creating a new rule. A larp;e amount of local businel;S was transacted. No Report on Co~espoJldence. ROBERT T. CLINCH, St. John, G. l\L WILLIAM F. BUNTING. St. John, G. Sec. /

NEW BRUNSWICK. 1877. On the destruction, this fearful very many Fraternity.

21st day of June the public telegraph dispatches announced the terrible by fire, of the largest and most vnluable portion of the City of St. John. By calamity the majority of the inhabitants were rendered homeless, and, in instances, destitute. Among them was a large portion of the M~onie

The Grand Lodge and its subordinates lost all their effects. We sincerely sympathize with our Brethren in their great troubles, and we hope that the General ~fasonic Board of Relief, constituted for the purpose of receiving and distributing contributions, will have all the assistance which they may reasonably expect to receive in their present extremity. Officers of the Board: M. W., ROBERT T. CLINCH, G. M., Chairman. R. W., JAMES McMICHEL, G. T., Treasurer. R. W., WM. F. BLiNTING, G. Sec., Secretary.


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NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1876. Annual Communicati.on of Grand Lodge, held in Concord, May 17, 1876. Fifty-nine Lodges represented. W. M. G. 1\1., William BUfrett, presided. In his Addrel>s he calls attention to the deaths of three Past Grand Masters, III. 'V., Daniel Balch; M. W., Israel Hunt, and M. W., George H. Hubbard; and recommends suitable testimonials to their memory. Among his official acts he reports the granting of four Dispensations to confer the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason degrees, and three more to confer the Fellow Craft and Master Mason degrees, remarking that in all caseS the required fee, ti ve dollars for each Dispensation, ~vas paid; and then adds: In no case hns a. Dispensation been granted to confer degrees without having first sath5fied myself that one should be granted. In several cases I have felt compelled to decline to grant Dispensations, no good and sufficient cause havinO' been furnished to me for granting them. In this connection I think it is proper that I should suggest that an application for a Di!'pensation to confer degrees should never be made by a Lodge, except in a very extreme case, and then only when accompanied by a detailed statement路6f the most !3lltisfactory reasons under the seal of the Lodge. A compliance with this suggestion, by all the Lodges in this jurisdiction, would save much time and labor to the Grand ~laster, and would also aid him in assisting the Brethren in preserving inviola.te one of the most sacred and important of the ancient Landmarks-the ballot. We must confess our lack of ability to imagine a good and sufficient cause for conferring three degrees in one; and we would respectfully add a third suggestion, that the Grand Lodge should relieve the Grand Master of responsibility, loss of time and labor, and also aid in preserving the ballot inviolate, by abolishing all right of gmnting such Dispensations. We extract the following from the report of Committee on Trials and Appeal., : The accul;ed in this case wrote a letter to the SecreUtry, which, in substance, admitted that he was /,'1lilty, as charger!. No plea of any kind was tiled. The accused requested his confession to be read, and then informed the Muster that that evidence might be regarded by the Lodge as a plea of "guilty." The Lodge then unanimously voted twice that he was not guilty. It does not appear whether this was because the Lodge did not believe that he told the truth when he made this irregular plea of guilty, or when he admitted to the Lodge that he had been guilty of drinking too much during the twenty years that he had been a l'fason, or because they did not regard such conduct as unmasonie: The Lod~e probably did not intend to Yote that the l1':cused was sober, when he plead m this irregular way, and admitted that he was drunk; but the record should be set rIght. \Ve have had occasion to say that Freemasonry was a law unto itself: that "prohibition," "license," Hnd "regulation" are alike unknown to our Institution; but that by the fundamental law, older than all Grand Constitutions, temperance-" keeping within due bounds "-is the sacred duty of every :Mason. Drunkenness is one of the crying evils of our land, alike in hig-h and in low places. The" ruin it has made" meets us everywhere; the waves cast up its wrecks on every shore. If the accused told the truth in relation to his drinldng associates within the fold, their existence therein has been -a shame and a reproach to the Order, and enou~h to make it a by-word. It is time that it was distinctly understood by evcry member ot the Crall, that either the vile, drunken, depraved and immoral, or the decent men should be driven from the Order. The tenets of Freemasonry are as pure as Heaven's own light; but the mire which is cast upon them by those from whom better things are to be expected, too often befouls it in the eyes of the world. The accllsed claimed that

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to ~ay, that if this statement is true, the charter of that Lodge should long ag-o have been forlCited. and those men who have so defiled the Ark ofthe Covenant should long ago have been cast forth from beyond the gates of our Jerusalem. It is time that the business of this Grand Lodge ill relation to druilkenness was exalted abovc the" common drunk" jurisdiction of the ,Police courts. It is time that every Mason and non-l\fason alike understood that neither drInking, getting drunk, betting. gambling-, or viRiting houses of prostitution, are any part of the work and lectures, or the ceremonies, of the third, or any other degree of Masonry.

And we also add another, to which we call the attention of ,R. W., Bro. Braughn: Freemasonry ncver treats a violation of the municipal law, or law' of the land, as a :Masonie oll'ence, merely hemuse the ltet is prohibited by law. The test is, does the act involve moral turpitude in itself? If it does. it is a Masonic offense; if it does not, in the absence of special regulation upon the subject, it is not an offence in the eye of Masonry. Masonicjurisprudence should rest up:m broad general principles, which can b(~ understood and successfully applied in practice. We cannot undertake to administer the laws of nearly fifty State and Territorial and as many :Masonic jurisdictions, with their constan~ changes and endlessreJinements. We do not propose take into our hands the administration of the laws of the United States, prohibitins- persons from practising in their pl~fessions, carryilig on certain kinds of business, or selling certain articles without the payment of a tax or a license fee, or the thousand and one police regulations of the States. The report of Committee on Foreign Correspondence was prescnted by R. VIT., .John J. Bell, Chairman'. He gives the following decision by the Grand :Master of Mississippi, upon the ballot for advancement, enlarged upon by the Committee on Law and .Jurisprudence: It is the opinion of your committee that the members of the Lodge cast the secret in ballot, unrestrained and unrestricted by any power, save that of their own will, whieh. every ingenuous heart, will be guided by an enlightened judgment and a conscience void of offence toward God and man, He has a right to vote as he pleases, and on everything -proficiency, cha.racter. fitness, qualification-anything which may move his mind and choice at the time, and no one has a right to call in question this right. or to hunt out the members who may have ca~t a black ball, The responsibility rests on him alone. He is not aceount.'lble to the Worshipful Master, nor to the Lodge, nor to the Grand Lodge, nor to any person, for the ballot he casts, but to his own conscience, and that alonc.

And much more to the same effect, of which hc says: \"e are aware that this doctrine,does not receive univcrsal a.ssent, even in our own jurisdietion; but we do not hesitate to exprcss our unqualified approval of these views, so clearly expressed by this committee. and wc arc satisfied that they will and must, in the end, commend themselves to the approval of the whole membership of our Order. This accords with the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge of }fissouri. Vnder the head of South Carolina, he,argues at some length on the' right of objection after It favorablc ballot for degrees or membership, and the assumed right of a Lodge to require the objector to assign reasons, etc. IIis views are in accordance with our practicc, giving right to object, and no questions asked; providing, only, that a permanent objection should be cqui~'alent to a rejection by ballot, and application not rcnewable while objection was in existBnce. The Proceedings of Missouri, for 1875, are fully and fraternally noticed. The !{eport of the Special Committee on the" so-termed controversy," as Bro. Bell styles it, with the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, of Scotland, is given by him in full, and he evidently approves the report and it':> adoption. It affords him a text for the following remarks,¡ wl)ich deserve serious consideration: This claim of jurisdiction by the Grand Lodge of Missouri, together with the utter indif- â&#x20AC;˘ fcrcnce with which it was treated by that of Scotland, appears thus to have afforded our American Brethrcn of the former jurisdiction, and not improbably elsewhere upon this continent. an occasion for more fully informing themselves upon this subject of Grand Lodge jurisdiction, which we truly hope Will, prove of service to the Fraternity at large in


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this country. We do not doubt the wisdom, and indeed the necessity, among the AmeriStates, of the doctrine of jurisdiction which our Brethren sought to have recognized by thc Grand Lod~e of Scotland. It is, however, as they linally admit, a principle which has no existence 1Jl the andent laws or usages of the Order, and is wholly unknown, except to American Grand Lodges. ThO claim set up by the Grand Lodge of Missouri, announced with the ~ame assurance with which thev would have communicated a similar one to a sister American jurisdiction, must have sounded strange indeed to our Brethren in Scotland, to whom it was a new and until then unheard-of assumption; and it does not seem to us surprising that they did not deign to enter into a discussion of its merits. But although we approve of the doctrine as between Grand Lodges in Amerir~'\. and would go as far as any of our Brethren in discountenancing a departure from it, we think this a proper occasion to say that we do not sympathize at all w1th the method in which many, and perhaps most, American Grand Lodges seem disposed to enforce it-namely, the treating as alum enemie.â&#x20AC;˘ all 1\1:a80ns owing allegiance' to Grand Lodges who have disre~arded it, As we understand the report of the Missouri committee, had they determwed to adopt the first. alternative named, to wit, "/n'eak 'U,p onr fel1m)'s1dp with the Grand Lodge of Scotland," this would involve the locking of the" doors against Scotch Masons," and, ,. in consistency and effect," as they say, debar themselves" from visiting any Lodge ,wherein a Scot~h Mason is admitted." And this is what we constantly hear as the necessaTy consequence of withdrawing intercourse between two Grand Lodges. ~an

'''IT e can see very well that it is possible (for Masons are !iuman) for one Grand Lodge

to so far forget the amenities which ought to mark Masonic intercourse, that intercommunication with it onght justly to be suspended. But does this involve a necessary corruJ!tion of the Masonic blood of every individual member of the Fraternity belonging to its .Juris-

diction? And must the doors of every Lodge be closed against them, and must they hence become strangers to every Masonic heart, and outcasts from all :\1:asonic charity? No true Masonic heart throbs in sympathy with any such doctrine; and, rather than admit it, we would see this whole "American system" of Grand Lodge jurisdiction blown to the winds. When a Grand Lodge persists in a disregard of a rule of conduct regarded as essential to the general well-being of the Order, but merely conventional in its origin, not affecting the Landmarks or Ancient Constitutions, it may doubtless be right towithdmw intercourse from that Grand Lodge, as an organized borty; but that the whole membership of the Order in its jurisdiction are to be visited with the consequences of expulsion, or that recognition from them as Masons is to be withdrawn, neither follows as a necessary consequence, nor is warranted, as we feel confident in believing, by any sound Masonic principle. Indeed, we think this whole doctrine of exclusive Grand Lodge jurisdiction, so far as it applies to the making of individual Masons, ought to be regarded as rather volu.ntnry on the part of each Grand Lodge, than as compulsory, by means of llny process or proceeding emanating from other jurisdictions. It should be regarded rather as a matter of interju1'i.~dictio1U:Ilcomily than of positive law. But this issuing of manifestoes by one Grand Lodge, calling another to account for "1Jiolation of jU1'isd?'ctiollal rights," and then threatening the withdrawal of intercourse, in case of contumacy. has a ring of harshness to our mind strangely out of keeping with anything like true Masonrv; lind we do not doubt that every incident of the kind grates harshly upon the sensibilities of the Order, from one end of our Union to the other. We hope, in the interests of true Masonry, that th'eday is not far distant when the practice will be abolished. Grand Officers re-elected: M. W., JOHN J. BELL, Exeter, G. M. R. W., JOHN A. HARRIS, Concord, G. Sec.

NEW JERSEY, 1876. [G. F, G.]

Grand Lodge met in Trenton, .January 19, 1876. Bro. William A. Pembrook, G. M., presided. He.reported Dispensa~ons for two new Lodges. He submitted nine decisions, from which we condense the following: Petitions must be signed. , Committees failing to report, may be discharged, and new ones appointed.


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A majority vote m'ay waive jur,isdiction. Candidates upon whom d(~grees are conferred after waiver of jurisdiction, become members of the Lodge whic? raised them. and it is optional about returning fees. Objections after elections requires investigation, and if a majority decide adversely to the p,etitioner, the fee must be returned. Masons testifying- in a Lodge do so only upon their Masonic honor as such. Civil suits do not set aside "!I'fasonic trials. Signature of Master and s~al of Lodge need only be attached to dimits, certificates of death, and traveling certificates' and the latter should be returned to the Lodge on the return of the Brother. fThis latter certificate (travelinglis an instrument we have never had the pleasure of seeing, ILnd never ,before heard of one being officially recognized. \Ve look upon it as an idea borrowed from some other socicty.j Visitors may be excluded on annual election night.,. The Grand Instructors, Bro. Heber Wells and Bro. George Burgesser, submitted very interesting reports. The Grand Lodges of Dakota,' Mrtnitoba, Prince Edward Island, Wyoming and Indian Territory, were recognized. Relative to the latter, we refer to our review of it under that head, abo under Arkansas. It was decided that a Lodge could not exempt warrant members from annual dues. f

All the decisions of the Grand Master were sustained except that referring to waiver of jurisdiction over Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts. The Grand Lodge decided that other Lodges may advance candidates by request, but that jurisdietion cannot be waived, and with this latter clause we disagree, holding that it is perfectly proper (if n~t prohibited by localla\\'), to give a certificate of dismission to an absent Entered Apprentice or .Fellow Craft. whereby he may petition another Lodge, or to grant it in favor of a PUl1icular Lodge, whereby the remaining degrees may be conferred. Such is the general usage. The Grand Lodge committee did not specify any law of that jurisdiction which prohibits the waiver of jurisdiction. Much local business was transacted. Bro. Marshall B. Smith submitted a good Report on Correspondence, of seventy pages, in which Missouri, for 18i4, is briefly, but fraternally noticed. We do not know how the committee got so far behind hand in years; our Proceedings were then over two years old. MA RSHALL B. SMITH, Passaic, G. "!If. JOSEPH H. HO'CGH, Trenton, G. Sec. and For. Cor.

NEW JERSEY, 1877. Annual Communication of Grand Lodge met at Trenton, January 17, lRi7. One hundred and twenty:nine Lodgcs represented. Bro. Marshall

n. Smith, G. M., presided.,

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Past District Deputy Grand Master of New Jersey, M:. \V., Bro. Aldis Bernard, Past Grand . Master of Canada, and R. W., Bro. John Dove, Grand Secrestary of Grand Lodge of Virginia. DECISION'S.

. 1. Any assembly of men in the State of New Jersey. professin~ to be a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, and not acting under a warrant from this Grand Lodge, or under a Dispensation issned by the Grand Master thereof, is spurious and clandestine, and therefore destitute of all Masonic charactcr or standing. 2. No Lodge or Lodges, in this jurisdiction, can appear as sueh in a civic procession, except for the purpose of assisting the Grand Lodgc, or its proper officers, in some Masonic ceremony recognized by the usages and regulatIOns of the Craft. . 3. It is not proper for "{asons, as such. to participate in the dedication of any room or building, no portion of which is to be used for Masonic purposes. ; 4. The Past :Masters and Wardens of a Lodge are not entitled, by t'he Constitution, to be represented by proxics in the Grand Lodge. 5. The practice of inviting officers from other jurisdictions to exemplify their \vork on actual candidates, tends to promote confusion, and is hereby prohibited. 6. A Worshipful IIIaster ha.s no authority to remove permanently an appointed officer who has been duly installed. lIe may. however, deprive of his functions, any appointed officer who is guilty of any misconduct, and fill the office temporarily at each communication of the Lodge. 7. Committees are appointed by the actual or acting Worshipful Master. A resolution naming the members of a committee, trenches upon the prerogatives of the presiding officer, and is out of order. 8. It is improper and unma.')onic to print the names of suspended or expelled Masons in circulars issued by Lodges. !J. A candidate rejected by a Lodge in anothcr jurisdiction, cannot legally be made a Mason in .New Jerscy without the consent of the Lodge which rejected him.

10. The Brother who proposes a candidate should not be placed on the Committee of Investigation. 11. Whcn a Master Mason's application for affiliation has been rejected by a Lodge, the dimit which accompanied his application must be returned to him, without any additional writing or endorsement thcreon. ' 12. Freemasonry being professedly, as it always should be in reality, a moral no less than a social Institution. any flagrant or wilful violaton of the moral law is a wrong done to the Fraternit)', and therefore a Ma.<;onic offence; and a Brother thus offending is liable to charges. 13. A District Deputy Grand Master-representing a.') he does, for specific purposes, ' the Grand Master-cannot, in this jurisdictIOn, be suspended by his Lod!lC during the term of office for which he wa.') appoiIited. Nearly all the above are in accordance with the laws of this jurisdiction, and are of interest to the Craft elsewhere. We cannot occupy space in a better manner than by giving also the following extracts from this able Address: L'IPROPER PuBLICITY .

.Having thus disposed of my official acts, I feel it incumbent upon me to call the -attention of the Grand Lodge to a practice frau~ht with evil and a. marked deviation from the ancient prudence and reserve of t.he Craft. I refer to published accounts of work, and preceedings within the Lodge. With these matters the general public have nothing to do. Any public ceremonial authorized by the Grand Lodge or by the Grand Master mllstof course find its way into the daily record that forms the basis of the history of our day and time.; but details of private ins~llations, notices of communications to which


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are appended "Work in t.he - - degree," reports of the st.yle in which such degree was conferred, accounts of Lodge difficulties, and entrusting list~ of suspended or expelled members to the hands of the printer, are alike reprehensible and improper. Such publicity is in direct antagonii<l1l to the genius and spirit of all Institution whose watchwords have ever been-S'ecrecy-ClJ(CUMSPECTION-..<';lLENCE. Such publicity can serve no true' or genuine :\lasonic purpose, and is, in my opinion, a violation of our solemn covenants. I would therefore fraternally urge upon thc Brethren who have been elevated to the honorable and responsible ollice of Wori<hipful Master, a more careful adherence to the ancie~t custom of dbpcnsing true Masonic light within the tyled precincts of the Lodge. IMPROPER

USE

OF THE BALLOT.

During the year I have received a number ofletters from officers of Lodges on the subject of the improper use of the ballot. The secrecy of the ballot is one of the Landmarks of our Fraternity, and the legal ri&,ht of a brother to cast the ballot accordin~ to his own judgmcnt is inalienable; but no Mason has the moral right to drop a black Dall into the ballot box, when the eandidate-whether for affiliation or initiation-is morally and Masonically worthy of admission. Personal prejudices, political or religious differences, or petty animosities, should never be allowed to sully the purity of a Masonic ballot, or destroy the harmony, if not imperil the existence of a Lodge, Severnl of our Lodg-es have sUflered, and one has become extinct, from the direct or remote effect~ of such a policy. No law can reach such cases without trenchinO" upon the Landmark i but I most earnestly appeal to the better nature and to the moraf sense of the l\fasol1s ot New Jersey, to avoid in future a practiee that is contrary to the spirit of our Institution, destructive of its harmony, and calculated to tranf;form the ballot into an instrument of animosity and . revenge. Let us rather caf;t the white ball in fayor of one who disagrees with us-if he be Masonieally a good man and true-and thereby transform an enemy into a friend and Brother. If tltis course were pursued with proper discretion, we should have harmony in all of our Lodges, and perhaps a large accc:;sion tD our working force, in the persons of worthy Master Masons, who are to-day unaffiliated solely on account of the improper use of the black ball. And more than all, we should have the satisfaction that ever results from havinl5 risen above. petty eonsiderations, to the discharge of our duty, in a spirit of generosity, torgiveness and love. . FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE.

Bro. Alexander Fullerton submitted the Report of the Committee, reviewing forty-six Grand LDdges, in which -:\fissomi, for l8i5, receives kindly notice. â&#x20AC;˘ The action of Missouri in the case of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, is not altogether satisfactory to the reviewer. He quotes in full our late Bro. George. Frank Gouley's criticism on the method of opening- the Grand Lodge of Indiana, which he evidently enjoys. The Proceedings are. embellished with steel engravings of P.

G.

M., Daniel Cox, and

R. W., Bro. Joseph H. Hough, Grand ,Secretary, being in conformity with highly complimentary preambles and resolutions introduced by R. W., Bro. Thomas J. Corson.

We beg leave to add this for R. W., Bro. Hough, Chairman of Committee on Printing, that the arrangement and typography of th~ Proceedings before us are faultless.. The question of recognition of the Gnllld Lodge of Cuba was referred to Com~ mittee on Foreign Correspondence, to be specially reported on at the next Annual Grand Communication. Grand Officers re-elected. l\L W., l\f~\RS~ALL B. SMITH, Passaic, G. M. R. W., JOSEPH H. HOUGH, Trenton, G. Sec.


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NORTH CAROLINA, 1876. Ninetieth Annual Commu~ication'of this Grand Lodge met in Raleigh, December 5, 1876.

M. W., George W. Blount, G. M., presided. His address refers to the suffering and distress financially, llnd the political excitement d~ring the past year. which absorbed and" distracted the minds of people ~eneral1y, and greatly paralyzed the work of l\fasonry. But with mar~ed changes for the bcttcr in those respects, he urges the Craft to enter again upon the work of Masonry with renewed vigor. Under the head of Decisions, he says: [We give these remarks, because we think the subject cannot be too often dwelt upon until all occasion for such complaints is done away With.] The decisions ma.de during the year have been mainly a reiteraHon of those made by my predecessors and myself. The correspondence of the office of Grand Master has been very heavy. l\lasters of T_odges and others inter('~~ted find it cheaper to get the opinion of the Grllnd Master than to investigatâ&#x201A;Ź for themselves, though the ~Teat majority of questions asked, had their solution in the Code. The office would be rId of a great"deal of labor were the Grand Master to adhere to the rule of communicating only through the Seeretary of the Lodge; but it is hard to refme to answer a letter containing a simple inquiry made , by a Brother Mason, and hence I answered every letter which came to me asking an opinion on, or construction of, law. Among his decisions, are these: Arrest of a charter of a Lodge -\vorks no detriment to the character of the individual members, nor does it deprive any of them of their rights and privileges as Masons. A memher of a Lodge whose charter has been arrested, may petition for affiliation with another, on producing a .certifieate of his being clear of the books and in good standing, from the custodian of the books, which shaH answer for a dimit. In Cll!3e of trial and conviction by a Lodge, if the Grand Lodge sustAins the appeal of the accused, and reverses the judgment of the Lodge, he stands acquitted, and entitled to the privileges of his Lodge, as if no trial .had taken place. The appeal vacates the judgment, and the sustaining of the appeal by the Grand Lodge is vindication of the accused. It is a mistake to suppose that this is a restoration by the Grand Lodge. for until approved by the Grand Lodge after appeal, the action of the Lodge is not complete. Resloralion implies deprivation previomily existing. If a Brother is tried and expelled, and the sentence is confirmed, the law says he may be restored by the Lodge expelling or by the Grand Lodge. upon his own petition find such evidence of penitence and reformation as to it may appear satisfactory. If he choose to apply to the Grand Lodge and is re.sloTcrl, this action of the Grand Lod~e does not work a restoration to membership in his Lodge. To obtain that he must petitlOn regularly for affiliation, and be admitted by unanimous ballot. 4. That a Past Master, on the invitation of the Master, might legally open a Lodge and conduct the business of the meeting, if one of the principal officers was present and assenting. 5. That a l\faster must have first served as Warden, and in two instances I refused to grant Dispensation' to illStall as Master sllch as had not served as \Varden; though the appeals in behalf of sllch action were strong, setting forth eminent qualification, high social position, great l\'Tfisonic learning and great benefit to the Lodge. He gives a deplorable account ofthe condition of work in his jurisdiction; for example: I venture the assertion that of the 2.50 Lodges working under charters in this jurisdiction, not fifty have the '''ork as taught by 0111' Grand Lecturers, _Walker, Rountree, Palmer, Davis and Rice. There are many Lodges in this Grand Jurisdiction that are totally incompetent either to confer the degrees, discharge the duties or to exercise the rights and privileges of Lodges of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, and permitting them to retain their charters,


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without requiring them to acquire the true Work, and compelling them to conduct their business properly, is a blot on the name of Masonry-and doing infinite hann to the cause, They fire turning out upon the world hundreds who are only :Ma.'lons in name, having no conception of the principles that govern the Order, and little or no idea of their duties and obligations as :Masons. These matters call loudly for reform. How to effect it is for the Grand Lodge in it.s wisdom to devise, It is impossible for a Grand ~faster, unless he be a gentleman of leisure amI plethorie purse, to visit all the Lodges and correct abuses, however loud the calls may be upon him and however much he may grieve at the faults and desire to work the reformation. I repeat. therefore, the suggestions in my last address, as to appointment of a Lecturer for the State at large, with tne additional recomnwudation lor the conferring upon the Lecturer and his a$sistants the powers of District Deputies as assistants for the Grand Master. That system works well in other jurisdictions, and a trial in our own is earnestly suggested as probably the only remedy for the existing evils, now endangering our cause and retarding our progress. The Grand Secretary, Bro. Donald W. Bain, reports Dispensations issued by order of the Grand 1\Iastcr for seven new Lodges, and the forfeiture of charters of eight Lodges, they having failed to pay dues to the Grand Lodge for two or more years. The Report on Correspondence, which was 'only partly prepared, was submitted, considered and re-committed, to be presented again at the next annual communication . .l\f. \\'., HORACE H.

MUNSO~,

Wilmington, G. 1\1.

R. W., DONALD W. 'BAIN, Raleigh, G. Sec. R. W., ElHVIN G. READE, Washington, Ch. of Com. on For. Cor.

NOVA SCOTIA, 1876. [G. F. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Halifax, June i, 18i6. Bro. John W. Laurie, G. M" presided. He describes his visit to New York City at the dedication of the New Temple, and witne!ised a procession of 2G,OOO :;\fasons, representing the wealth and intelligence of the. State. He also reports the dedication ot their own New Temple, at whieh 1,000 Masons were present. He reported a

Dispen~ati(;)J1

for a new Lodge.

He decided that any affiliated :Mason can prefer charges; also that an objection could be made against ~dvancelllent, but a trial must be had to teRt the mattâ&#x201A;Źr. lIn Missouri, the reasons of objection cannot be inqUired into, unless the objector sees proper to disclose thâ&#x201A;Źm.] The Grand Lodge decided that a brother who had been unconstitutionally elected a Worshipful Master, and served a year as such, was entitled to the rank of a Past Master. The Grand Lodge voted that objections to a visitor should be communicated to him by the Master, and the visitor can appeal to Grand Lodge and have the same investigated. We think this a bad law, and a virtual abolition of the right of objection. Bro. Frazer W. Dakin, chairman, submitted an excellent Report on Correspondence, of ninety-three pages, in whieh we regret'that Missouri, by some accident, got left out.

.T. WIMBURN LAURIE, Halifax, G. M. BENJAMIN CURREN.J Halifax, G. Sec. A. H. CROWE,

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OHIO,1876. [G. F. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Columbus, October 17, 1876. Bro. Charles A. Woodward, G. M., presided. From the immense number of special Dispensations, he reports it would seem that about half the Lodges fail to regularly elect and install their officers. He reported Dispensations for two new Lodges. The address is a full official document, but confined chiefly to local interests. The application of the so-called Grand Lodge of Olltario was laid over' until next session. The special order for the consideration of the resolutions submitted last year, looking to recognition of the so-called" African Grand Lodge of Ohio," arrived, and as naturally anticipated, elicited considerable disc~ssion, and finally took the shape of a question of constitutionality, as to the power of the Grand Lodge to divide its territorial jurisdiction 路bya simple resQlution. This was raised as a "point of order," by Bro. ';Villiam J\L Cunningham, Deputy Grand j\fa.~ter. The Grand Ma~ter decided thc point" not well takell," and this being appealed from, the Grand Lodgc, by a vote of Lodges and Grand Officers, decided against the Grand Master, by 401 to 332. It requires a proposed amendment to the constitution, to be seconded by a two-third vote, before being submitted to the Lodges, hence, a proposition to alter the constitution 80 as to admit 11 division of jurisdiction, wa~ defeated.

While we should have preferred seeing the naked issue voted upon and emphatically squelched, still we feel grateful, along with every other Grand Lodge in the United Stn.tes and Canada, that this inexcusable fire-brand was ejected from the Grand Lodge of Ohio. Even! Grand Lodge on the American Continent, without a single C.VX7Jfion, has most unqualifiedly condemned the proposed resolutions of Ohio, and we hope now, for the . sake of God an.d Humanity, represented by the principles of Masonic harmony, that Centennial fanatics will cea$e from their labors of discord. Old cracked bells and Centennial anniversaries may do well enough to arouse .storms of patriotic enthusiasm. for nations . of a hundred years old, but hoary-head Freemasonry standing forth in her robes of mystery, woven in the路 woof of 'an infant Earth, knows no years but those of Eternal Truth, and before which a century is but a day. Her Centennials are like ties OIl a receding milroad, that has no curve, and oyer which we pass towards the eternal future, leaving behind the llndistinguishable ages, along which are strewn the broken column;; and buried trophies of Nations, Kingdoms and Empires, foreyer forgotten. Her divine principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, are immortal, and co-existent with the Godhead, who knows no change from his everlasting laws of that human nature of which H~ is the "GREAT I AM." To tear up the ycry foundations of universal :Ma.~onic harmony, and supplant it with an impracticable theory of mere temporary political expediency, would be like blowing up the sphynx, whose granite face has laughed to scorn the wild tempc8ts of unknown centuries, and put in its place a plaster of Paris statue of the Goddess of Liberty, decorated with red, white and blue ribbons.

\ We are inclined to think that路 our Brethren of Ohio will yet realize ov~r what a maga7.ine of dynamite they slumbered, when they come to learn of the deep and fearful anxiety felt for their action by all the sincere lovers of Freema:c;onry throughout the English speaking Masonic world, and that after realizing it, they will in the future stamp out the first spark of any more bombs thrown in their midst. The action of the Grand Orient of France, when it insulted the dignity of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, and


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challenged the jurisdictional rights of every Grand Lodge in America, <lid not create a greater sensation than the proposition before the Grand Lodge of Ohio, to divide her original powers with a lot of clandestine made Masons, unworthy of any recognition, an.d what the result would have been a.fter the adoption of such a measure can be easily surmised from the half-suppressed' murmurs throughout the Grand Lodges of the continent. Much 19cal business was transacted. Bro. John D. Caldwell submitted an interesting Report on Corrcspondence, of eightytwo pages, of which the larger part is devoted to "subject.~," and the remainder to acknowledgment of Proceedings of路Grand Lodges, in which Missouri, for 1876, is fraternally included. We regret. that so much of his otherwise well prepared Report should be devoted towards breaking down the old and well established Grand Lodges, draWing his argument from the newspaper and other reports of Masonic sore-heads.. But we trust, now that the nightmare of "1776-1876,"." New Day, New Duty," and aU such other feverish condiments haYing been digested and" slept off;" he will awake once more as himself, and learn wisdom by experiellee. We have all had to do it some way or another, and none are too old to learn. No Committee on Cor]"espondence announced. CHARLES A. WOODWARD, Cleveland, G. M. JOHN D. CALDWELL, Cincinnati, G. Sec.

OREGON, 1876. [G. F. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Portland, Juile 12, 1876. Bro. John B. Congle, G.

~L,

presided.

He reported Dispensations for three new Lodges. He decided that a waiver of jurisdiction over a Fellow Craft was not valid, while objections to advancement were pending. lIe recommends that investigating committees personally ascertain whether the candidate believes in God, before acting on his petition. His address is an cxcellent production. The Grand Lodge has an educational fund of 814,734, and as we have stated years ago, it is on the best plan, viz: to pay for education in schools near where the children live, instead of runhing large :Masonic colleges. It was voted that all ~Iaster :Masons of Oregon, present in Il. Lodge, have a right to vote on candidates, and to ol~ject to tllCm. It did not occur to them tbat one or two secret anti-Masons could, under such law, stop work in a dozen Lodges.

Bro. J. N. Dolph, Grand Orator,

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Bro. S. F. Chadwick submitted an interesting Report on Correspondence, of 100 pages, in which Missouri, for 1875, is fUlly and fraternally noticed. He reproduces what we s~id about their propo~ed " reunion and clam bake down by the sea," and suys: TIro. Gouley, it was the greatest e,ient in Masonry that ever happened on this coast. You will get an account of it in these IJroceedings. We onlywilSh you were there. ~ore soul, more friendship, in short more Masonry was exhibited than we ever saw before. We reg-ret our Proceedings did not reach you. A happy Centennial year to yo~. We heartily reciprocate, for from the record of the event before us we- know they had a good, old-fashioned time of real heart and soul enjoyment. We always feel a deep interest in Oregon, for her first Lodge was born of Missouri, and reared in the wildernesss. J. H. KUNZIE, Umatilla, G. M. ROCKEY P. EARHART, Portland, G. Sec. S. F. CHADWICK, Salem, For. Cor.

PENNSYLVANIA, 1876.

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[G. F. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Quarterly Communication, June 7, 1876, December 6, 1876, and in Annual Communication December 27, 1876. The only business transacted at the former was explanatory of the rule governing, giVing consent to another L<>dge over candidates; and it was declared that a ballot is not necessary, but by unanimous voice of members present. / At the later meetings, Bro. Robert Clark, G. M., presided. The number of members reported was 38,326, on December 27, 1876. Th,e Reports of the Finance, Sinking Fund, Trustee's, Girard Bequest, Temple, Almoners, Steward and Librur~' Committees, were very full, and we should think satisfactory. The annual address is a brief reBume of official doings, among which was an Edict, adverse to the so-called Grand Lodge of Ontario. Bro. Richard Vaux submitted a "Special" Report on Correspondence, in March,1876, which we reviewed in October last. Also another ., Special" in December, relative to and â&#x20AC;˘ favoring recognition of Grand Lodge of Cuba, at Havana, which was adopted. His general Report is confined to brief and fraternal notices of each State, in which )fissouri, for 1876, is inclUded. ROBERT CLARK, - - , G. M. JOHN THOMSON (care )fasonic Temple), Philadelphill, G. Sec. RICHARD VAUX (cure Masonic Temple), Philadelphia, For. Cor. rWe cunnot find Po!>toffice address of elected Grand Officers.l


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PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, 1876. [G. F. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Charlottetown, February 16, 1876. Bro. J(jhn Yeo, G. M., presided. The Grand Master was detained until the 18th, on account of bad roads. lDidn't have snow enough to bear the sleds, we suppose.] He reported issuing Dispension for one new Lodge. Our Proceedings, for 1875, were rcceiyed by thc Grand Secretary. The Grand Lodge voted its disapprobation of the use of intoxicating liquors at Masonic suppers, etc. The business generally transacted was of local interest. No Report on Correspondence. JOHN YEO, Port Hill, G. M. B. WILSON HIGGS, Charlottetown, G.kiec:

QUEBEC, 1876. JG. F. G.)

Grand Lodge met in "Montreal, September 27,1876. Bro. John II. Graham, G. M., presided. The Annual Address is a full and interesting document. He reports the death oLthe vencrable Brother and esteemed Mason, Aldis Bernard, Past Grand Master of Gnmd' Lodge of Canada. He granted Dispensations for four new Lodges. He.adhered strictly to physical qualifications of all candidates, and reminds Brethren of .the uselessness of asking Dispensations which cannot be granted under the laws. CONDITIONAL RECOGNITION BY GRAND LODGES OF ENGLAND AND MISSOURI.

Relative to this matter, he

report~ as

follows:

ENGJ,AND AND SCOTLAND.

In accordance with a resolution passed at the last Annual Communication of Grand Lodge, I appointed a committee, consisting of H. W. Bros. O'Halloran, Stearns, Copeland, Tait and Isaac,Son. to confer with delegates (if appointed) from 1he Lodges, four in number, in the 'City of Montreal, still continuing in allcg-iance to the Grand Lodges of England and Scotland. I exceedingly regret to report that no conference has been held, chiefly on account of the non-eo-operation of said private Lodges. It did not appear to me that the resolution referred to, as passed at last session, in re..<;tricting the action of the Grand Master in the matter to one particular course of action, was well calculated to facilitate the consummation so earnestly desired by many leading members of the Craft in England Scotland and Quebec.


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I cannot, for many obviou!'> and important reasons, recommend the acceptance by Grand Lodge of the conditional recogniton proffered by the Grand Lodge of England. The present, however, seems to me to be an auspicious time for the final adjustment of our relations with these mother Grand Lodges and their excellent daughter, Lodg-es here, and thus secure that perfect unity within our Grand Lodge j\lri~diction, without which complete harmony and the highest welfare of the Craft cannot be fully secured. The happy condition of Masonic affairs in England under the benign rule of their Royal Grand Master, and a similarly fortunate state of things existing in Scotland under the wise control of wlanted and exalted Erethern there; the prudence, ability and the present4raternal spirit of the officers and members of the several private LodS'es of these Jurisditions here, as also the well known and anxious desires of this Grana Lodge, all seem to indicate that another year ought not to be numbered with the past before all causes of separation shall, by mutual concession and co-operation, be happily removed, and a new era of more perfect a'nd indissoluble union be established between these mother Grund Lod<Tes, their daughter Lodges here, and this Grand Body, and that the whole Masonic wortd will with rejoicing have just cause to exclaim :-" Behold how good and how pleasant it is for Brethem to dwell together in unity." THE GRAND LODGE OF MISSOURI.

I beg to inform Grand Lodge that there has been receh'ed by me a very kind fraternal letter from R. W., Bro. George Frank Gouley Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, enclosing a commission from Grand l\faster of that Grand Body to me, as the Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of loIissouri near the Grand Lodge of Quebec, and also an admi rably prepared copy of their Proceedings for 1875, and a copy of their constitution" etc., for all which I desire to return especial thanks; and although 1 had declined while in the office of Grand Ma.ster to accept the H.epresentativeship of many of the â&#x20AC;˘ leading Grand Lodges of the world, which had been kll1dly tendered me by tIle Grand :Masters of their respective Grand Bodies, preterring to honor others by recommending them for such appomtments instcad of retaining so many of such honors and privileges for myself, yet I contess that from pust considerations, well understood by most of you, it would have pleased me to have made an exception in the case of l\Iissouri, could 1 have consistently done so. Yet under the circumstances I deemed it my duty to decline the proffered honor, nor can I recommend this Grand Lodge to accept the recognition tendered her by the said Grand Lodge. At the annual communication, in 1875, the Grand Lodge of ~Ii2Souri passed the following preamble and resolutions, namely,: . Whereas, The Grand Lodge of Quebec has been recognized by the Grand Lodge of Canada, therefore, Resol1Jed, That the Grand Lod~e of Missouri hereby recognize the Grand Lodge of Quebec A. F. and A. 1\1., havin/? Jurisdiction in the Province of Quebec as at present defined. said recognition not to lIlterf~re with the vested rights of the Grand Lodges of England, Ireland and Scotland, over such of their daughter Lodges as may prefer to remuin under their original charters. '

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Resolved, That the Grand Lodge of :Missouri extends to the Grand Lodge of Quebec her best wishes for peace and p,rosperity. '

And while grateful for and heartily reciprocating the good wishes expressed in the last resolution, 1 cannot recommend this Grand Lodge to accept recognition from the Grand Lodge of Missouri, or from any other Grand Lodge, on any such conditions as are contained in the preamble and the first resolution. The Grand Lodge of Quebec will cheerfully accept fraternal recognition from the Grand Lodge of :Missouri on the condition that this Grand Lodge has the same right of â&#x20AC;˘ exclusive soverign jurisdiction within this Province of our Dominion that the Grand Lodge of Missouri claims and exercises within that State of th.e American Union. ' We regret as much as anyone that circumstances compelled our recognition to be conditional, for while we were desirous of recognizing the legal status and existence of Grand Lodge of Quebec, we were also compelled to recognize the status of the daughter Lodges of England and Scotland, with which Grand Bodies we have been in fraternal relationship since our organization, in 1821. The following is the recognition extended by the Grand Lodge of England:


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FREE:I1ASO:-<S' HALL, LoNDON, W. C., March 31,187.,). Deal' Sir and Ver1J Worthy Brothel' :-1 am dUly ill receipt of your communication of the 17th ultimo. and am happy to say' that the request contained therein had been antieipated by this Grand Lodge at its Quarterly Communication, on the 3d instant, when

on the,recommendation uf the Most Worshipful Grand Master, the following resolution was unanimously passed: .

The Most Worshipful Grand Master has received· official information from the Honorable Sir John Macdonald, K. C. Boo the Representative of this Grand Lodge at the Grand Lodge of Canada,.that the difficulties ~ubsistjng between the latter and the newly formed Grand Lodge of Quebec, have been happily adjusted, and the Grand l,odge of Quebec recognized by the (irand Lodge of Canada. The :i\1ost Worshipful Grand !lfaster. therefore, having -in view the various applications from the Grand Lodge of Quebec for recognition, and interchange of Representatives, which could not be entertained until the ahove mentioned difficulties were settled, now recommend Grand Lodge to accede to the wishes of the Grand Lodge Of Quebec, on the same conditions as were agreed to by the Grand Lodge of Canada, viz: that the Grund Lodge of England agrees not to grant any new Warrants within the Province of Quebec, but that the three Lodges sti,ll working under English Warrants, in that Province, shall continue to do so as long as thev desire to retain tlleir allegiance to the Grand Lodge of E n g l a n d . . • RCl!o!l'ed, That the recommendation of the Most Worshipful, the Grand :Master, be adopted. and the Grand Lodge of Quebec acknowledged on the conditions referred to, and that the Grand Secretary be directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Grand Lodge of Quebec.

It is therefore with great pleasure that I transmit copy of the above resolution to you for communication to your Grand Lodge, and assuming that the conditions therein set fo,rth '\'ill be assented to. 1 beg to recommend as Representative from yonr Granli Lodge, \\orshlpful Brother, Brackstone BILker, Past Grand Deacon, and shl1l1 be pleased to receive the name of some Brother agreeable to your Grand Lodge ll.S the Representative of England at Quebec. I trnst the fraternal intercourse now about to be established between the two Grand Lodges may be of long continuance, and hope that the time may not be far distant belore I may again greet you on this side of the Atlantic. I am, dear sir and very worthy Brother,

yours fraternall)T, JOlIN HERVEY, G. Sec. To the Very Worthy Bro..JOH~ H. ISAACSON, . Grand Secre\ary Grand Lodge of Quebec. It will be seen that the legal character of the recognition by England and Missouri is identical, both being governed by the universal1y established law of original jurisdiction o\'er daughter J.Jodges, in the formation of new Grand Lodges, viz: that all the subordi-natc Lodges cannot becom]Jclled to unite in such formation, but may remain with their mother Grand Lodges. 4

To liave cxtended an'absolute recognition would have becn caUse of complaint by England and Scotland, and in order to do the best we could, we recognized the Grand Lodge of Quebec upon the exact basis upon which she stands with those Grand Bodies, and as our Lodges are instructed to fellowship with the Brethren of the Quebec Lodges, we trust that nothing mILY transpire to disturb that harmony, and fui'ther hope that the Grand Lodge of Quebec lIlay determine to reeogni7~ this correct principle of original ju,risdiction, Ill'; the Grand Lodge of Canada did, and thus settle all further controversy, to' the end that she may agree to formally exchange l{epresentatives. The following is the l{eport of the Board of General Purposes, to whom the address of Grand ~1aster Graham was sUbmitted: With regard to me all important question of Grand Lodge Sovereignty, the Board feel that it is a matter requiring the most careful and t.houghtful eon~ideration of this Grand Lodge. \Vhile the Hoard cannot do otherwise than heartily agree with the principles of Grand ),,{)d«e Sovcreignt.y, as 'enunciated in t.he address of the Most WorshipfUl the Grand !I'lastcr. alHi heartily agree with his observation that this Grand Lodge cannot acCel)t conditional recognition from any Grand Body, such as proferred by the Grand Lodge of EngG. L.-A 5.


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land, yet the peculiar circumstances under which Lodges under the jurisdictions ofEngland and Scotland have existed in this Province, even from a time prior to the existence of the Grand Lodge of Canada, should not be lost sight of; and the Board cannot but suggest that this circumstance, as well as others well known to the Grand Lodge, render the connection of these Grand Bodies with this Province of a very exceptional character. With these ohservations, the Board confidently leave the decision of this weighty matter to the comideration of Grand Lodge. . The Committee to whom was referred

t~le

refusal of the English and Scotch Lodges

to unite with the Grand Lodge, reported as follows:

Your Committee, appointed in pursuance of a resolution passed at the last annual communication of (;rand Lodge, for the purpose of "conterring with the Lodges now existing in this Province under 'Varran18 from other jurisdictions, with a view to elfect, if possible, the lVnicable junction of said Lodges with th is Grand Lodge," beg respectfully to report: That, having assumed 路the duties of their appointment, they put themselves in communication with the Lodges referred to in said resolution. both by formal written communication and by personal interviews with leading members of said Lodges, the result of which ~vill be seen by the printed copy of the (~orrespondeneenow reud and in the hands of members of this Grand Lodge. Your Committee arc pained to be compelled to report that the reasonable hope that an amicable arrangement might be effected, by which a union of said Lodges WIth this (;rand Lodge would be accomplished, has proved unfounded, and that at present they see no ~r'o.und for any expectation that such a desirable consummation can at present be realIzed. Having, therefore, taken .into consideration the communication of the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of England, of the 81st of March, IH7;\ tendering to this Grand Lodge conditional recognition on t.he terms therein proposed, and having- duly considered the same, as well as the attitude assumed by the Lodges in this Province workin~ under foreign Warrants, your committee respectfully recommend to this Grand Lodge the 101lowing resolutions: , Resolved, That the Grand Lodge of Quebec respectfully declines to aecept conrli(ional 1"eCofj'nition from any Grand Lodge, and that more especially it is pained to be compelled

tD dedine the recognition tendered by the Grand Lodge of England on theterm~ in which it is offered. Re.solved, That deeplydeplorinO' everything calculated to create discord or want of harmony among- those who should be brethreJ' d'ivelling together in unity. yet, t.his Grand j,路odge being the equal, within its own jurisdietion, of any Gnllld Lodg-e in the universe within iJ.s jurisdiction, cannot in justice to itself recognize the Masonic authority of any foreign Grand Lodge within the limits of the Province of Quebee. Resolved, That in view of the unsuccessful efforts made by thi!' Grand Lodge to bring about an amicable solution of the f\.nomaly,路 unfortunately now existing, of Lodges workin~ in this jurisdietion under 'Vl1rrunts from foreign Uraud Lodg-es, if after the expiratlOn.of six months from this date any such Lodg-e be found working in this Province, all Masonic privileges be withdrawn from said Lodges and all connected with them in this Province.

This last resolution was defeated by a vote of fifty-five to twenty. The remainder of the report was adopted. The Grand Master recommended against the recognition of the so-(',alled Grand Lodge of ()ntario, and his remarks are so pertinent 1;elative to the so-called colored Lodges, that we copy them in full: COLORED LODGES.

Among the mllny incidents peculiar to this Cenlenm:a.l year of our good Rrethren and neighbors of the great RepublIc on our Southern boundaT~', has been the thrusting into what I cannot otherwise than consider, the undue and unwise prominence of the subjeet of the colored private and Grand Lodges, so-called, reported to exist there, and likewise to call attention to' those claiming existence in the Province of Ontario, whose application for recognition has heretofore been laid before me. '


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It appears to me to he fur better for the colored people themselves, for us patiently to await the more full devclopmcnt of their destiny on this Continent. The gravest po~~ible dOlibt;; exist in my own mind as to the regularity of any of those so-called Lodgcs of colored Frecmll.son~, either in the United States or Canada, lLnd hence if they are irregular, as I believe, no proposals fi)r their recognition can be entertained by this or any other duly constituted Grand Lodgc; the morc e~peeial1y as these so-.called colored Grand Lodges claim to exist where regular and duly constitute!l and reeognized Grand Lod~es of Freemasons cxist already. "Freemasons are of all nations, tongues, kindreds and languages," but all regular private Lodges alone have the initial and final right to decide who ~hallor shall not become rcgular members of our Fraternity, and no new regular private Lodges <:an ue created except in the manner prescriherl by the Constitution,and no pr0J;l0sition for the recognition Of.' any Grand Lodge should be entcrtaincd except on the baSIS of exclusive jurisdiction of carll Grand Lodge within its prescribed aud Ilmful tCITitorv.

Our Constitutions do not require any" fifteenth" or other Amendment" to meet the wants of all people, or to conserve the just right,; of all regular Lorlges of Freema.sons of every color. . On this part of the address the board reported, us follows: The rcmurks of the :'IIost Worshipful, the (;rand :l\1aster, in the sense that this Grand Lodge should not recognizc so-culled colored Lodgei'; elaimiug to exif:t where regular and duly eonstituted and recognized Grand Lodge,<; of :Masons exist, meet with the hearty approval of the uoard . .Judging from the general conservative character of the Grand Master, we the more appreciate his compliment to our Grand Lodge relutive to the COlllmission sent him, and the regret that he conld not act for us. K0 Report on Corrrespondence. JAMES DUNBAR, Quebec, G. M.

JOlIN H. ISAACSON, l''Iontreal, G. Sec.

RHODE ISLAND, 1876. [G. F. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Providence, May 15, 18i6. Bro. Xicholus Vau

~lyck,

G.

)1.,

presided.

Hc explains the proper status of t.he clandestine Lodges of so-called colored Ma.c;ons, und, relative to the report of the Ohio committee, be holds properly that they have either , shown its ignorance or violation of that requirement that permits no )Iasonic communication with irregular or clandestine Masons, for how could it have stated, a.c; it did, without violation of the obligatioll taken by each member thereof." That is the conundrum we propounded in our last Report on Ohio, and the wonder still exists in our mind how the Grand Lodge can avoid subjeetiug them to severe discipline. Bro. Van Sl)'ck's arguments are conclusive, and thus unanimously eomcsthe voice of every Grund Lodge in the United States. â&#x20AC;˘

~e pays' a fitting compliment to¡Masonic journalism, and especially of their 0'Yn monthly. the Freemasun's RepositorlJ. He is opposed to the too puulic and unneces;-ary display of :Masonic emblems. He decided that a candidate who lost only part of a right thumb, and who can do all the ,';'ork required by the ritual, was eligible.


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He compliments his District Deputy Grand Masters on the faithful discharge of their duties, and, from their reports, they deserve it, Bro, Henry W. Ruggs submitted a brief Heport on Correspondence, of two pages, devoted chiefly to the status of new Grand Lodges, asking recognition, and submitted a resolution cancelling a former recognition of Indian Territory, which was adopted. We are plea-sed to suggest to the committee that since he wrote his Report, the Grand Orient of Egypt has been re-organized upon the symbolic degrees of Ancient Craft )Iasonry, and is now worthy of general'recognitioll. NICHOLAS VAN SLYCK, Providence, G. :'of. EDWIN BAKER, Providence, G. Sec. HE.NRY W. RUGG, Providence, For. Cor.

SOUTH CAROLINA, 1876. [G. F. G.]

Grund Lodge met in Charleston, in its One Hundredth Annual Communication, Pecem-, bel' 12, 1876. Bro. Wilmot G. DeSaussure, G. l\L, presided. He reported Dispensations for four new Lodges. He decided against recommending a recognition of the so-called Grand Lodge of Ontario. He acknowledges receiving from Bro. Albert'Pike, the original Warrant of Pee. Ridge Lodge. No. 85, issued June 4, 1852, now known as Flint ~ill Lodge, No. 85. He also reported coming in possession of the seal of the Grand Lodge of 1788; also, a minute book of Winnsboro Lodge, No.6, extending from 17D;> to 1810. Relative to

,.

l\f~onry in

that State,he says;

:M:asonry was inaugurated 'in thi$ jurisdiction by the organization of Solomon's Lodge, No. I, October 2D, 1736, A Provinein,] Grand Lod/?e was organized ac; early as 1737. In 17;i4 a new organization wac; made of the ProvinCIal Grand Lodge. In 1777, the Provincial Grand Lodge declared itself the Independcnt Grand Longe of the State of South Carolina. The next year will consequently be the centennial year of the Independent Grand Lodge of the ~tate of South Oarolina, of which Col. Barnard Elliott was first Grand Master. He recommends that thE! occasion be properly observed. He reports twelve decisions, from which we c011dense the following: It rests with the conscience of a member about preferring charges for an offense committed a long time ago. \

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An indefinite suspension by Lodge, Rnd modified to a stated snspension by Grand Lodge, leaves the party at the expiration of time in good standing as a non-affiliate. A member under charges by order of Lodge, is not entitled to dimit, even though the Junior Warden fails in time to prefer them before dfmit is asked for. A Brother writing for :Masonic answers should be known as a Mason. It is legal but not advisable to work on the ground floor of a building.

Dedication of a l\fasonic Hall is a "requirement. In consolidlLting Lodges, the members of b9th are admitted without a ballot. A member cannot disclose his ballot, whether it be affirmative or negative. With all of which we agree. '.rhe Grand Lodge voted its sympathy for M. W., Bro. James 'Conner, Past Grand Master, then lying serio~sly ill. The Grand Lodge law is, that petitioners for a Lodge U. D. 'do not become members ipso feu/o, when a charter is granted, but must afterward get dimits from their old Lodges:' Only those arc memhers of the new Lodge who are made therein. The Master and Wardens, U. D., are merely the proxies of the Grand Lodge. We must beg the liberty of disagreeing with this rule, a..~ we believe it to be a bad one. although an old one, and like most old ones, is based upon som~ peculiar circumstances not now in existence. We hold that it is the safest and best way not to start a new Lodge, unless accompanied hy the dimits of those who propose to cmit their Masonic destiny, and to exercise all their Masonic energies in the new enterprise; in other words, " to burn路 their ships behind them." In this way, and this only, have we found that new Lodges possess the necessary vitality'to succeed with credit to themselves, or the Fraternity at large. Any good natured Uason can sign a petition to start ont a new Lodge for somebody ~lse, but when it comes to their throwing all their personal efforts and time into it, that is another thing, and the result is that 11, lot of newly made members (probably made too loosely and in a hurry, and elected withont apy prospeet of being hereafter a..~sociated with those who elected them), arc left to be the constituent element of the ne,,; Lodge. We can inform our South Carolina Brethren that the old Grand Lodges arc abandoning that old rule as fast as practicable. We have heretofore, in years past, filed our demurrer to the Lodge U. D. being the mere proxy of the Grand Lod~e or Grand Master, or being merely an" inchoate body," as Bro. l\fackey calls it; a..~ logic, good reasons, and almost universal usage now pronounce them duly instituted Lodges to all intents and purposes, ~ chartered Lodges, except the power to elect and install officers,' have a seal and Grand Lodge representation. Otherwise their powers are justly the same. The Grand Lodge decided that a vote by Lodges can be called for by six Lodges--one to move it and five to second it. The Grand Master (in Grand Lodge) decided that a Brother could not reside out of the _State.and hold office as Wor!ihipful Master, ~or represent his Lodge in Grand Lodge. We must express our surprise at this decision, as it is a universal law that the Brethren have a right to elect whom they please as officers, who are qualified, and without reference to place of residence, and that the right of a Master to represent his Lodge cannot be' denied him without depOsiJl~ him from his office for calise. It'is a common thing in our State (and in nearl~1 all the Stutes having bordering StateS), to have Lodges on or near the line, 'and in our city (St. Louis) we have had officers living across the river, in Illinois, whose residence was much nearer to the hall than if they lived bacl, in the suburbs. Some


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years ago we noticed a similar decision in one of the States,bilt it is the only onewe have路 any recollection of, and hope, for the sake of precedence, tbat it will not be insisted upon. A large amount of local business was transacted, and the Proceedings are most elegantly prepared and published. Bro. Charles Inglesby, Grand Secretary, submitted a charming Rep~rt on Correspondence, of eight.y-seven pages, in wbich :Missouri; for 187;), is favored with six pagcs by a full and fraternal review. He quotes liberally from Address of Bro. Luke, and also the history and report of our case with Scotland, concluding with the following complimentary and approving words: At ~his time, and in view of tile questions as to Grand Lodge jurisdiction which are' before the Fraternity, we have deemed it best, as fully as was necessary t.o its complete understanding, to state this important decision, coming as it does frome one of the largest and most influential of American Grand Lodges. We presume that most of the American Grand Lodges will, with relerence to European Grand Lodges adopt this modification of our doctrine of jurisdietion ; it is well, therefore, that the modification should be clearly understood; and, further, that it should bc rememhered that the well established doctrine of jurisdiction , as between the Grand Lodges of America, is not in the least particular changed or modified, but is reaftirme~ and stands, and we hope and trust ever will stand, intact and impregnable. . He states that in his jurisdiction, it is the custom to exhibit the charter to a visitor, and that while it is absent, the Lodge goes on with its work. He ~ourteously responded to our queries in 187;), relative to general usage about taking care of the sick, burial of. the dead, etc., but as he has since done so more fully to the blank questions submitted in form, his answer will more particularly appear in our report to Grand Lodge this year, as Grand Secretary His Grand Longe committee justly termed his Report on Correspondence, "The sine qua non of :Masonic light," and we regret we cannot do' it fuller justice by quoting extensively from it. \,\'IL1\WT G. DESAUSSl:RE, Charleston, G. 1\1. CHARLES INGLESBY,

Charle~ton, G.

Sec. and For. Cor.

TENNESSEE, 1876. [G. F. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Na!;;hville, No,:ember 13, 1876. /

Bro. J. C. Cawood. G. M., presided. He issued'Dispensations for two new Lodges. He is opposed to the recognition -of the so.called Grand Lodge o~ Ontario. No decisions reported, which is a good sign. The Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary were made to procure portraits for all Past Grand Masters.

ex-(~(ficio, a

Stanning Committee

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A Master can fill a vacant office for the unexpired term. A non-affiliate can petition any Lodge, without reference to the nearest one. A newspaper summons is not binding. Much local business was transacted. No Report on Correspondence. We must again express our regret that too mallY initials. merely, are used to designate the Grand Officers. l' 0 Committee on Correspondence.

E. EDMUNDSON, Pulaski, G. l\f. JOHN FRIZZEL, l' ashville. G. Sec.

TEXAS, 1876. [G. F. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Houston, December 14. 1876. Bro. Marcus F. :Mott, G. M., presided. He reported Dispensations for seven new Lodges. He properly insists that petitioners for new Lodges should sign their own name:;, although we hold that where a member has filed his dimit with the others, and has not demurred to his participation when the Lodge was set to work, that he should be forever debarred from pleading afterwards ,. the baby act," b~; saying that he did not sign it, or authorize 'it done. He suspended the charter of Kentucky Lodge, No. 167, for issuing a circular protest against the action .of Grand Lodge, in creating the office of Grand' Lectu reI'. Served them right. It will teach them hereafter to bring their grievances before the Grand Lodge, instead of retailing them around the country. He disposed, also, of several other cases requiring discipline. He decided that the loss of the first toe of right foot was a physical disqualitfcation. [\\'e rather think this a very strict construction of the law, unless the loss created a greater disability than usual in such cases.l He is of the opinion that a previous ~ecognition of the so-called Grand Lodge of Ontario was a mistake, and recommends its repeal. This is another illmtrntion of the too hasty recognition of every so-called concern claiming to be lIJasonic, and ilIustrat.es the necessity of a little official and private correspondence uy thc Grand Secretary, or Grand Master, with Grand Lodges contiguous to the applicant, as that is the place to find out the true status of the case, before the Grand Lodge takes final action. The former recognition of Ontario was unanimously cancelled by Grand Lodge, and it is gmtifyi,ng to witnes.~. such a manly acknowledgment of an error. Much local business was transacted.


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Bro. E. IT. "Cushing submitted an excellent Report on Correspondence, of fifty-three pages, in which :l\fissouri, for 1876, is fraternally reviewed. ,

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He quotes in fun the dedsion of our Grievance Committee of case of Shel1aberger "s. St..John's Lodge, No. 28, and fully approves of it, relative to leaving it to the conseiencc of a member about sitting up with the sick. 1Ve appreciate his sympathy relative to our sickness. We have fully recovered. :MARCUS F. :lIfOTT, Galveston, G. l\L CfEORGE H. BRI~GHUI{ST, JTollston, G. Sec. E. H. CUSHING, Houston, For Cor.

UTAH, 1876. [G. Jo'. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Salt Lake City, November 14,1876. Bro. Edmund P. Johnson, G. M., presided. The first business in order, after opening", was to dedicate the new )lusonic Hall rooms in that eity, on which occasion Bro. Frank Tilford, Grand Orator, delivered an appropriate and eloquent address. The Grand Master reported that he had no important decisions to submit. He properly refused Dispensations to pamdc on ~ccasions not purely l\1asohic, such as Fourth of .July. etc. Hc rccommends the European plan of holding an annual Lodge of Sorrow. He is not in favor ol the" color line" in Masonry proposed .by Ohio. He is in favor of having the Reports on Correspondcncr printed and issued thirty days in advance, .and then criticised and voted upon by Grand Lodge, )Jut ho",,' that could be carried into practical effect ancl then have any Report left to issue. is a mystery to us. To turn fL whole Grand Lodge into a committee of the whole on Foreign Corresponucnce on the printed matter submitted by the ehairma.n, would be like sending a hunured asseml.ted dinner gucsts down .into the kitchen to cook the whole thing over again, and such a mcssll!J.s they would make of it, requires no very great strain on the irriagination to "guess at." He is justly proud of the success of the cfficient Grand Secreta:ry in collecting a Grand J,odge Libril.ry. , He properly takes the ground that Sectarianism is one thing Il.nc1 religion another, and nt. considerable length defends the latter in the Lodge, although we have never heard its huuishmcnt proposed, except by the Grand Orient of IfranCe. The \\'hole address is an excellent one and worthy of the ambition and pride of our 'young; sister. The Grand Secretary, Bro. Diehl, submits a good report, which shows him to be zealous in his offieial duties, as well as Grand Librarian. .


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The report of the Grand Lecturer, Bro. James E. Mathews, 8ho,,,s the Craft t(l be pros~ pering. A resolution, prohibiting intercourse with the so-called Grand Lodge of Ontario, was adopted. â&#x20AC;˘

The Grand Lodge recommended it;; subordinates to adopt life member:ship upon payment of $100. Considerable local business wa,s transacted. Br:O. Christopher Diehl, submitted an excellent Report on Correspondence, of ninetyfive paRes, in which )Iissouri, for lSii">, is fraternally reviewell, quoting liberally from Bro. Luke's address and Committee on Grievance. The

l{ep~rt evinces

faithful research, and is 11 valuable paper to the Craft. JOSEPH lIf. ORR, Salt Lake City, G. M. CHRISTOPHER DIEHL, Salt Lake City, G. Sec. and For. Cor.

VERMONT, 1876. Grand Lodge met in Burlington, June 14, 187G. Etghty-six Lodgoes represclltcd. Bro. Nathan P. Bowman, G. M., presided. His address mClltions the names of prominent Brethren of thatjurisllietion who had died durin~ the year. His remarks upon the condition of the Craft are very despondell(. in their nature, and to rouse them from their :statc of lct.hargy he recolllmends that thc festal clement of our Institution should be brought to the front.

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Speaking of dimits, he says: The 'question of dimits has for fl long timc been a troublesome one. Abuses of the right to dimit have crept in, and devices of quest.ioIJlthle Masonic propriety are sometimes rcsorted to to obtain a dimit for no other purpose than, to escape, the payment of dues. The palt.ry sum of.,tw(mty-Jive rent,~'1ls ,an ,fll1nuaF,'contribution for the support of the Grand Lodge is oftentimes made a suffici\"nt reason to ask for unaffiliation. alld LOllgcs. in some instances, in disregard of their duty to' demand a suflicient reason, have granted :such requests; thus ~lasons seek to escape the burdcn of contributing to the support of thcir Lo(lges. find at the same time claim all the benefits and priviI(~ges that Jlow from Lodge organizations. Sometimes the Lodges accord to them these bClletits and privileges. Herein lies the evil; a dim it is simply a eertilieate of non-affiliation. and elltitIes thl:) holder to no Lodge privilege whatever, and no Lodge should permit an unaffiliated Ma;;on to sit in its meeting, or join in its processions, or to share' in the benellts of its charities. No Dispensations asked for new Lodges.

He says:

No new Lodges have been asked for within the past year, which is a sign of encouragement. We had better devote our labors to waking up,.strengtheuing and ('mcouraging thosc now upon our rolls than to seck for a lIlere increase of numbers. Save in 11 very few sections, there is no room for new Lodges ill this jurisdiction without weakclling old ones, and rather than to weaken by division, let us concentrate our efforts upon the maintenance and adornment of those pillars of wisdom, strength and hcautY,'which in trying times in the past, have so nobly sustained the honor of the Craft in Vermollt. .


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DISTRICT DEPt;TY GIUND 1>lASTERS.

His remarks under this head are no douQt applicahle to other jurisdictions besides Vermont, but the system is not responsible for the faults of individuals: The District Deputy Grand Master system of inspecting Lodges in this jurisdictIOn is a failure, and is of little use except in a few instances. Some Deputies bear the 110noTS of the office and never make a visitation. or, if they do. they never inspect the work or the records of the Lodges, and this Grand Lodge knows very.little of the interlllli workings of the subordinate Lodges. Other Deputies visit such Lodg-cs as arc most convenient. and pay no attention to the balance. or, if they do. write the Master or 'Secretary, and found their report on the information thus fumbhcd. There is reason to bdieve that some of our Lodges have not seen a District Deputy Grand Master within their halls for many years. There are some faithful. earnest. zealous officers of this erass, who perform their duties conscientiously and \\'ell , to whom all honor is due, but it is a question of sel'iollS moment whether some ncw system should not be adopted for the inspectioll of the internal workings of our Lodgcs. . ,

''Pra~ticaUy

Six decisions are reported, which were all approved by the Grand Lodge. QW?8tion-1. Has a Lodge a right to grant a cf)nditional dim it, the condition being that it shall take effect when the Brother joins another Lodge? An8wer-No.

,

J<:nglesby, 1866, '67; Hall,1870.

2. Tn balloting for a candidate only one biaek ball is cast, the person cfl.~ting it has It right to waive the privilcge of secrecy and at the time avow his vote in open Lodge without bein,lt required to give his reasons. The Lodge is bouno to pre'sume he did it for good aJl(I sufficient reasons. Such Brother is 110t liable for unmasonic conduct unless he should avow an unworthy motive for so doing. 3. A petitioner for restoration from the sentence of suspension for non-payment of dues, if rejected, is entitled to have the sum which aecornpanied his petition rdulllIed. 4. A dimit is not lawful evidence that the person presenting it is It :Mason. This should be determined by the ordinary methods by whieh a person is ~roved to be a ~fason. 5. .When on appeal the proceedings and sentence of a subordinate Lodge are reversed for illeg-alit)' in the trial and sentence, the Brother is thereby reinstated in all the rights and privileges which he had before the trial, 'inclwling rnembership. Q1te.~tion----f>. In case charity is bestowed by a Lodg-c or member upon a member of another Lodge to which he belongs, can they be 'eompelled to rc-imburse it?

Answer.-Ko. Charity in all eases must be voluntary, not compulsorv. While charity is a Masonic duty the Lodge or Brother bestowing it must be the judge of that duty.

The fl)lIowing proposed amendment to By-Laws may.do, if members never leave the jurisdiction of Vermont. It is requircrl in many other jurisdictions that the dimit should accompany a, petition for membership, whieh cannot be done under the proposed amendment, if petitioner hllils from Vermont. When similar By-Laws }vere In existence in some jurisdictions, it was found necessary t'J modify them to enable emigrating members to petition elsewhere. We hardly think .that the amendment will be adopted in the present form: Re.~oI1)ed. That the following amendment be added to the By-Lltws of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Vermont;

That no Mason connected with any Lodge in the State of Vermont can be dimitted from the Ludge to which he belongs until his pctition has been presented and accepted by some other Masonic Lodge. and a pctition for a demit sent by the Master of such Masonic Lodge accepting such petition. to the Lodge to which such petition belongs, signed by said petitioner and by the Master of the Lodge to which said member has applied for admission, notifying the Lodge to which said petitioner formerly belonged, that said member had made due application and was accepted by a vote of said Lodge to which he petitioned for tWeeptllnce. ' R. W., Bro.

H~nry

,

Clark submitted the Report on Foreign Correspondence.

In his introductory remarks, he dwells at length on the crying evils of intemperance,


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and also makes full copy of Most 'Vorshipful, Bro. T. E. Garrett's article on the abuse of tlie ballot, which is followed by reviews of the Proceedings of forty-one Grand' Lodges, : bnt these reviews arc almost entirely (levoid of comments or eritieism on the decisions or opinions presented iI! those Proceedings. Each one is a very faithful synopsis of the financial, moral arid Ma.~onic condition of each Grand Jurisdietion, as represented in the addresses, reports of committees, statistieal tables, and other matters which make up each volume of Proceedings.

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l\fissouri, for 187t), is fraternally noticed, and report of committee in the case of the Grand Lodge of Scotland is givcn in full. ' Report on Foreign (,rand Lodges is taken from that of I'll. W., Bro. John W. Simons, Kew York, for which due credit is given. .1\1. W., HENRY II. SMITH, G. },!.

R. W., HENR Y CLARK, G. Sec.

VIRGINIA? 1876. [G. F. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Riehmond, December 11, 1876. Bro. William B. TaHat'erro, G. l\l., presided. He reports in appropriare and fccling manner the dCliths of three venCl'llble Grand Officers, viz: Bro. John Dove, Grand ~enetary; Bro. Thomas V. Dudley,'Grand Treasurer, and Bro. John R. Dowell, Grand Lecturcr. This startling list of mortality in 01le year in a GrA.ndLodge, wa~ certainly enough to ca..~t a gloom ovcr the entire procecdings. Bro. Doyc Wl\_~ the oldest Grand Secretary in thc world 'by time of secviec, haVing served throug-h forty-one successiyc re-elections. He 'NilS born in Richmond, September 2,1792, and died in the same city, Koyernhcr If>, lSif>. He w,as not only known to bis own State as a distinguil'hed Masonic author lind jnrist, but his n~putation extendcd throughout the jnrIsdictions of the Republic, and the sorrow at his death will be Ill' eo-extensive. :Ko other Grand Lodge could have furnished so shining a mark for the shaft of death, llnd n'one, we feel sure, can mOTe keenly ltppreciate its great loss, in whieh we also unite our syn:pllthies. From the decisions we condense

~hc

following:

No mental or moral qualifications can motllfy physical disahility. That there is no general III w against Lodgcs' renting to Odd Fellows" Grangers , IU'ld kindred societies, although Lodge rooms ought to be confined to strictly Masonic purposes., . ~

That chari~y commitrees cannot give of their funds to itinerant :Masons outside of the Ancient York Rite. That a Senior Warden, who has served assuch, received the Past )faster's degree, but' never becn installed, is eligible to office of Worshipful Master.


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The Committee on Jurisprudence who had charg-e of the decisions suhmitted the year before, confinned all but three, including in the latter, the thirteenth, which we had occasion in our last Report to demur to. We are much gratified, for the sake of general harmony, that it was not adopted. Much local business was transacted. ' No Report on Correspondence, but we shall look for a good olie next year (as Bro. Tom. Corson will say), on account 'of the name of the committee. RICHARD PARKER, Willchester, G. M. WILLTA~I B. ISAACS, Richmond, G. Sec. W!LLIAM F. DRINKARD, Richmond, For. Cor.

WASHINGTON TERRITORY, 1876. [G. F. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Olympia, September 2i, 18i6. Bro. Oliver P. Lacy, D. G. "M., as G. }'I., presided. The Grand Secretary read the address of Bro. Thomas T. Minor, the Gran<l Master, who was absent. lIe decided that a candidate rejected in a neighboring Lodge,"could not re-apply without consent of such Lodge. in accordance with loc~llaw, as nO,reasons are given for this [We presume this to decision, based upon a life-long jurisdiction gained simply by rejection.J

be

He referred to a case of a Lodge refusing to pay the nursing bill of one of its members, incl)rred by another Lodge, and the Gralld Lodge compelled the Lodge to pay it, not as n debt, but as a courtesy due. We refer to, this as another evidence of the necessity of some fixed and genernl law on the subject, which we shall refer to more particularly in our report as Grand Sceretary. The Grana Lodg-es of Dakota and Indian '-';'erritory were recognized. I

We are afraid the latter was

lL

little premature.

The so-called Grand Lodge of Ontario was ruled路out. A resolution was adopted asking the Grand Masters to fix some time and place to hold a convention to consider and recommend the organization of a " National Grand Lodge." For this movement we do not see much hope, judging from the many attempts heretofore made, a..<.; will be seen by our Report under that head. Bro. Thomas M. Reed submitted a brief Report 011 Correspondence, in which :Missouri,' for lRi.'l, is acknowledged. ' PLATT A. PHESTON, Wait."bnrg, G. M. THOMAS l\I. REED, Olympia, G. Sec. and For. Cor.


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Appendix. WEST VIRGINIA, 1876. '. [G. F. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Wheeling, November 14, 18iQ. Bro, Kephart D. Walker, G. M., presided. lIe reports the general condition of Mas.onry, in the State, in a prosperous condition. He hisued Dispensations for three new Lodges. From his decisions we condense the following: The loss of fingers on the left hand is a disqualification. The fee of a petitioner who die!l before degrees were conferred must be returned to his executors. A Mason cannot be enrolled without a vote. An unaffiJiate!LMason can petition any Lodge without reference urnearest Lodge. A person who does not believe in a devil can be initiated. He must believe in a Supreme Architect of the Universe, but may helieve in one devil, or in seven, or in more as he sees proper. [We rather suspect that that inquirer never spoils llis children by sparing the rod.] The work of a Lodge is not invalidated by absence of charter. [We should think the decision clearer if it 'had speeified the number of times the charter might he absent, for instance, sev~ral years, or forever.] A dimit must be granted if the member is clear of the books and not qnd,er charges.

'Vith all these we concur except as noted above. Relative to the Ea.stern Star deg,rccs he did not prop~se to interfere against, only that Brethern must not teach it as "l\Iasonry,"

~ither

for or

He earnestly nrges all Lodges to have rooms of their own without joint occupancy with other soeieties. He reported that the fire, shortly after last communication. destroyed the early Proceedings and suggests a reprint of the same. We sympathi;r.e with the Grand Lodge in its loss of valuable property. He refers to a Lodge being embarrassed, hllvin~ sent out beggingcirclllars withont consent of Grand Master or Grano. Lodge, and reprehends such action in the future. He reports a full list of Foreign Representatives appointed. He refers to llnd approves of the unanimity of the Grand Lodges ill all sections in opposing the introduction of the" color-line" by Grand Lodge of Ohio. He recollllllends the officers of Lodges to read a.lld learn mo'rc than they usually 0.0, llnd thus make Lodge meetings more attractive. ' The report oftlle GI'iln'd Secre'tmy shows the lo~s of all home aud foreign Proceedings, â&#x20AC;˘ prior to lRi3.


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The Grand Lecturer, Bro. Samuel B. Bendell, shows the Craft zealous in the work. \

Bro. O. S. Long submitted a brief Report on Correspondence, of two pages (being hindered by pressing circumstances), and his resolutions recogni;dng l\-1anitoba, Prince Edward Island, Dakota and Indian Territory, llnd repudiating the so-called Grand Lodge of Ontatio, were adopted. . We doubt the propriety of the last recognition until action is had h)o: Grand Lodge of Arkansas. G. W. ATKINSON, Charleston, G. M. ODELL S. LONG, Wheeling, G. Sec. and For. Cor. [We would mnch prefer if the Grand Secretary would give the Christian name of all Grand officers, instead of merely the initials.]

WISCONSIN, 1876. [G. F. G.]

Grand Lodge met in Milwaukee, .Tune 1:l, 187ii. [This is one of the Proceedings omitted last year on account of sick~ess, and as we tlxpeet trw Report ofthis rear before finally closing ours, we shall be brief.] Bro. Tedd. ,P, C. Cottrill,. G. :M., presided. lIe reported Dispensations for five new Lodges. t

From his ten decisions, reported, \Vaiver of jurisdiction must be Loss of

!n fingers

b~'

We

condense the following:

clear ballot.

on left hand, or thumb of right hand, renders candidate ineligible.

Refused t'o allow sale of illuminated Lord'l:1 Prayer covered all over with :i\Iasonic emblems, inclUding those of Eastern Stllr, . That the Grand Master cannot o'rder'1law trial after conviction of accused. rThis rule, we think, should be mnended (like our own) to路 allow the Grand )laster to . set aside a trial 011 account of informulitr or illegal proceedings, but not on account of character of evidence.] The Past Master degree can only be conferred upon elected Masters, by a convocation of actual Past Masters. . The last Master holds over until the newly elected one is installed. Exparte and dying declarations can only be used in trials as under the common law rules.

Jurisdiction over candidates is not lost b~t rejection ann removal of the candidate. The Grand Lodge resolved to allow all the Lodges to turn out on the Centennial Fourth of July. . [\Ve cannot say that we agree with this

i~ea.

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improper acts likely to oecur on that' day, we hold that Fourth of July is not a 1\lasonic day; and besides, Freemasonr)' has no Centennial ycars. Like those of everlasting Truth, "THE ETF.!tNAL YEARS OF GOD ARE HEHS."]

,

'rhe Committee on Jurisprudcnce decided, and the Grand Lodge conprIllcd : That a :Master eleet who had received the Past Master degree in a Chapter, was competent to be installed. That the Lodge which rejccts a cllndidak who has subscquently removed, has the right to require the I'lther ~dge .to get its consent. [We do not see any difference in result between this and the deeision of the Grand :Master, and we disagree with ~ot~.j A member:cannot be (leprived of his right to vote or hold o!fice,

withou~

due trial.

The Grand Lodge resolved that hereafter the names of Lodge members be in running order, and not leaded, 'which will take the running ~rasonic tramps about five minutes longer to pick out a name that suits him. By leaving the names out altogether Mr. Tramp would not have so easy a jab, and the Lodges would not be so easi,ly deceived, by seeing his naIlle certified to in the Proceedings. Much local business was tmnsaetecl .. Bro. Oliver Ljbbey submitted an excellent Report on Co'rrespondence, of 126 pages, in which ~fissouri is fully and fraternally noticed. Our Scotland decision is quoted ill full, without comment. TEDD. 1'. C.. COTTRILL, Milwaukee, G. M. JOHN W. WOODHULL, :l\filwaukee, G. Sec. and For. Cor.

. WYOMING, 1876. Second Annual Communication of this Grand Lodge wu.s held at Cheyenne, October 10, 18i6.

Four Lodges represented. M. W., Edgar P. Snow, G. l\f., presided. His address is brief and business like, confined solely to local interests. He announced seven decisions, all of which are in accordance with the laws of our jurisdiction, except the third, which gives exclusive jurisdiction to a Lodge over all its rejected material, perpetual we should infer. We limit to one year, jurisdiction over petitioners for initiation who have been rejected. He recommends that visiting Brethren, besides a rigid examination, should be required to show their diploma, which should be critically examined. We consider that the only virtue there is in lL diplof'na in the hands of a visitor, is to show that the Lodge he purports to hail from is ,vorki'ng under a warrant from some regular Grand Lodge; he might be a non-affiliate of many years standing, he may be suspended or expelled, but still he would have hilS diploma, !l.ndcommittees in examin-


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ing, unless well experiellced, are too apt to be misled by some of those pretty pictured papers-a.c;. vouchers of any value they are utterly worthless. Ou the question of "NewDay, New Duty" he is sound, he says: This is not, ilf my opinion, the question of "'rhe Negro," but of "The Perpetuity of r.~asOl~ry in Am~rica." The negro problem can pe solved in a legitimate mal1Iler, without "lOlatll1g any 01 the Landmarks, laws or usages of the Craft, by the "resolving" process recommcnded by onr Brethren in Ohio. . The CQl.nmittee on Jurisprudence reported this resolution, which was adopted: That any brother of the Order, in good standing at home, receiving pecuniary assis: tance from any Lod$e in this jurisdietion, under the pledge of his Masonic honor to refund the ~lIj1lount aavanced him, and failing to keep his promise and redeem his pledge aft.er a n~asonable time has elapsed, shall, by the Lodge advancing such pecuniary /lid to him, he reported to his home Lodge, and in case he thereafter fail to refllJlll"the loan, then it shall be, and it is, hereby made the dqtv of the Worshipful :\Iaster of the Lodge in this jurisdiction,.to prefer charges against such Brother for unmasonic conduct. 'Ve much prefer the rule we have, to make no loans in that manner, but to make donations at onc~ and rely upon the Brother refunding if it be possible for him to do so, without reqniring plcdges, the fulfillment of which circumstances beyond cOlltrolmight render impossibl e. . A Dispensation was In'anted to one new Lodge, Grand Lodge of Dakota, :Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Indian Territory, \vere recognized. Report on Correspondence was submitted by Bro. John K. Jeffery. It is a w~ll selected summary of prominent feature.~ in the Proceedings of forty Grand LoQ.ges, among which Missc)\lri, for 187;'), receives fraternal notice. In thc next Report of the Committee, Missouri will also be marked thus (*), and we hope that the rest will be also. 1\1:. W., FREDERIC E. ADAMS, Cheyenne, G. 1\1., R. W., WILLIAM G. TONN, Evanston, G. Sec.

NEW MEXICO, 1877. We have information of the recent organization of a Sovereign and Independent Grll.nll Lodge by four of the seven Lodges which have been working in New Mexico, under charters from the Grand Lodge of Missouri. Offieial copies 'of their Proceedings, Constitution and By-Laws, have not Yl~t come to hand, but we have no doubt that the work of this Hew fledged offspring will be such as to meet the approval of its Mother Grand Lodge, and We shall hail it" debut with pleasure, anll rejoice to record its rec6g'nition by this' Grand Lodge as a Sovermgn and Independent Grand Ludge, having exclusive jntisdictioll in the 'l'erritory of New Mexico. M. R.

,\r., WILLIAM

:V"

W. GRIFFIN, Santa Fe, G. M.

DAVID J. MILLER, Santa Fe, G. Sec.


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Appendix..

A GENERAL GRAND LODGE. rG.·F"G.]

The question of a Kational Governing Body'h8.<; been often submitted to the Grand IAldges, and as it is one iil which all the Craft are' intcrested, man)' of them yet believing that there exi.sts such a Body, we feel justified in giving place to, the following history of the matter, by a well informed Brother, whose' report is worth preservation. It was first published in the Masonic Advocate of Indiana : Ever since the Grand wdge of this country b~gan. 'at the commencement of the Revolutionary War, to abandon their dependence on the Grand Lodges of EIl~land and Scotland, that is to say, so soon as they emerged from the subordinate position of Provin, cial Grand Lod~e,and were compelled to assume a sovereign and independent character, attempts have from time to time been made by members of the Craft to destroy the sovereignty of the State Lodges, and to institute in its place a superintending power, to be constituted as a General Lodge of the lTnited States., Immediately after the severance of the political relations between England and America, the attempt was made to institute the office of Grand Master of the {jnited States, the object being at that time to ~nvest Bro. ·George \Vashington with the distinKuished dignity. This effort emanated from the military Lodges in the American Army. On the 27th of December,1779, the Brethren met under the auspices of American Union Lodge, to celebrate the day at Morristown. in New Jersey, which was then the Winter CJ,\lllrtcrs of the army, At that communication Bro. Washington is recorded among the VIsitors. In 1873 the Grand Lodge of "Maryland made an order to clecta Grand Master for the United Stntes. In 1790 the Grand wdge of Georgia made a'similar proposition, and in 1799 that of South Carolina renewed the proposition, recommending a convention to be held in the City of Washington for the purpose of establishing a "Superintending Grand Lodg-e of America." This proposed convention did not assemble. The proposition was again made in 1803, by the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, and with a like result: • In 1806 'the subject of a General Grand Lodge was again presented to the eonsidem,tion of the IAldgc!I of the Union, and propolo;itions were made for conventiOlls to be held in Philadelphia, in 1807, and in Washington City, in 1808, ncithcr of which was convened. An unsuccessful attempt was again made to hold It convention at Washington in 1811. tor the same purpose as that called in 1799. In 1812 North Carolina again proposed 'a convention, to be convoked at Washington, but this effort, like those that preceeded it, proved abortive. No convention was held. I

In 1822 a powerful effort was made for a' convention to be held in the City of Wa~h, ington, composed of ,. members of Congress uhd strangers," over which the renowned orator. and sta'te~man, Bro. Henry Clay, presideli, A stro~g appe~ was made to the Grand Lodges of, the country to concur in the establishment of a General Grand Lodge, but the appeal fell upon unWilling ears, and.the Sta~ Lodges continued firm in their opposition to the or/{luilzation, that would deprive them, of their l>overeign rights. In 1845,this subiect was again brought to the attention of the Fraternity by Maryland, which invited its sister Grand Lodges to meet in September, 1847. The convention met at the appointed time, and seven State Lodges were representcll, A Constitutioll WIlS formed for a " Supreme Grand,Lodge of the United States," This Constitution was not concurred ill, llnd the effort, like all that preceded'it, failed. In 1&18 New York proposed that each of the Grand Lod~es should frame the outlines of a Constitution, and send it with a delegate to a conventIOn to be held at Boston, in 1860. The Convention did not meet, for the idea of a Suprcme.Body was still an unpopu- ' lar one with the Craft. Texas expressed the general sentiment of the Fraternity when it said: "'I'he formation of a General Grand Lodge will not accomplish the desired end. The same spirit that now lead to difficulties between the different State Lodges would produce insubordination and disobedience of the Edicts of a General Grand Lodge:' In 1853 another 'attempt was made to call a Convention at Washington, in January, 1855. This Convention met, and submitted a series of nine propositions, styled "Artides of Confederation." Thi.,> plan was simply'for a Confederated League, with scarcely It shadow of power to enforce its decisions, with no penal jurisdiction whatsoever, and with no other authority than that which from time to time JIli~ht be delegated to it by the voluntary consent of the parties entering Into the confederatIOn. If the plan had been adopted the body would, in all probability, have died, in a few )'ears of sheer debility. G. L.-A 6••

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Again, in 1857, Maine issued a circular, urging the formation of a General Govern, ing Body, at a Convention to be held at Chicago, in September, 1859. This call was generally responded to. The Convention was held, but it resultBd in a failure, and since then all idea of this subject appears to have been abandoned. The路 general opinion prevails among the members of the Craft. that the formation of such Ii body is unnecessary-that it would be useless. 't)xpensive, and a constant interference 'with the affairs of the State Lodges. As Masonry has Ii law and a guide unto itself, the Grand Lodges believe that they can best control their own business in their own way, respectively.

ENGLAND. We have the Proceedings of quarterly communications of this mother Grand Lodge in September, 1876, December 1876, and March 1877, and of special co~munication, January, 1877.

There are particularly interesting features about these Proceedings, the details are simple, the amount of business transacted being in striking contrast with that of our Grand Bodies. We note espt..'Cially the disbursements made by the Fund of Benevolence, amounting in nine months to $21,000. This being independent of quarterly contributions to several Masonic Institutions. 路At ther:special Grand Lodge, held January 3, 1877, the Right Hon. the Earl ofCarnar- . M. W. Pro. G. M.. presided.

Yo~,

The following report of a special committee appointed at the previous' quarterly 'COmmunication was presented. That the sum of $20,000 be voted to the Royal NAtional Life Boat Institution, for the purpose of founding two life boat stations in perpetuity, in such localities on the English coast Mothe sub-committee hereafter mentioned shall decide. After the introduction of this report, the Right I-Ion. the Earl of Camarvon, M:. W. Pro. G. M., addressed the Grand Lodge, in part, as follows: My general duty 'in this chair, and my general desire when.I am here, is to discharge simply the duty of a" speaker" so to say, in this Grand Lodge. This evening, under very exceptional circumstances, I pass beyond that limit. and take upon myself as the chairman of a special committee appointed by you, to make a . and exceptional rec.ommendation tothi~ Grand Lodge. .

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Brethern, our object to night is to find some means by which we can, so far as we are concerned, record our thankfulness to路 the Great Architect of the Universe, that it has pleased Him to preserve our illustrious Grand Master. His RO~'al Highness. the Prince of Wales, through all perils and difficultie&, and restored him back to us in England. There is no difficulty, I venture to think, as far as the mere question of finance is concemed. Our only difficulty is to select the object to which our money should be appropriated. You will observe that if you were to appropriate thi.<J money to the Charities, you must do so at least in one of three ways. Create a new charity. give it to one of the old Charities exclusively, or divide it among the three old Charities. The charities of this great order are among the highest jewels and honors that we can show in our Masonic crown. . When anyone of these Charities. needs money we appeal to the Craft., and we get what we want. Two years ago, at the festIval of the Boys' School, the sum ot over $65.000 was realized. Our object to-night is not to find money for anyone of our great Masonie Charities, but to record a particular event. The proposal I have to make on behalf of the committee is simply tbis: That we shall establlsh, not for a few years, not to be worn out


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or torn to pieces after a brief career,but to be kept in perpetuity, to record so long as the waters wash the shores of Great Britain, the iI}tention and purpose of this Grand Lodgethat we should establish two life boat,> in honor of the occasioll. . It is possible that it may be said that we aTe venturing out of the beaten track, and that 'we should confine oUr8elves to something exclusively Masonic. Let me remind those who think so that on board many a ship; 1n many a gale, there may be mallY a Brother Masoll. Those who have heard the ho:wlmg of the wind during this last week of incessant gales-still more, those who, under such' circumstances, have had father or mother, sister or brother, relative or frien<', on board ships, will feel that such It grant as I now ask you to make, docs not fall beyond the circle of Freemasonry. It is true that, in a certain sense, such a vote as this appeals beyond l\:[asonry to the whole world, and I, for one, rejoice, when once in a while we can put forth It hand to the outer world; that we can,show we arc united to it by common ties of humanity and svmpathy; that we' can give the lie, lUi it were, to the calumnies which have been so o'ften urged against our Order, that it is a mere sel/ish body, actuated by selfish motives and selfish feelings. .

It is said sometimes that Masonry is a mere beneflt" society. We who knowit.'! principles better, wc who see its workings'most intimately, know that there is no truth whatever in such 11 misrepresentation, and I venture to think that those who will to-night reeord by their vote their assent to this proposal, will have done a great and signal servi<'.c to English Freemasonry throughout the whole world.

We notice with much pleasure that the report was received, and at the followIng quarterly communication in March, the re~olutioll was unanimously adopted, Patron. H. R. H., 'l'HE PRIXCE OF WALES, G. l\I. M. W., the Rt. Hon., THE EARL OF CARNARVON, Pro; G. M. R. W., Bro. JOHN HERVEY, G. Sec. P. S.-At a Quarterly Communir.ation of this Grand Lodge, held September ii, 18ii, $6,500 were voted in aid of the sufferers by the lire at St. John's, New Brunswick, for the sufferers by the recent e'arthquake in Peru, and as a contribution to the India{l Famine FUlld.

SCOTLAND. We have Proceedings of this Most Worshipful Grand Longe in the Reporter, November, ~lay 12, 18ii, of Messrs. Murray and Romains, lLccountlmts, on the account'! of .John Laurie, fonnerly Grand Secretary. Frominformatioll received b~' us elsewhere, it would appear that Bro. John Lauric hu." been the autocrat or" that Grand Lodge for years, and the condition into which he had brought it, was not'discovered until after the time that R. W., Bro. Geo. 8. lHackJc, of Tennessee, acting as Special Representative of Missouri, addressed the Grand l\Iasterof Masons of Scotland himself, upon the subject of the complaint~ of Missouri, aboutwhkh our late Bro. Gauley, Grand Secretary, had written freqyently to the, Grand Secretary of Scotland, Bro, John Laurie, without eliciting any reply. .'. â&#x20AC;˘ ,

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Under date of April 30, 18i7, a letter from R. \V., D. Murray Lyon, Grimd Secretary, advised our Most Worshipful Grand :Muster of a resolution uTllmimously adopted by the Grand Lodge of Scotland, on November 6, 18ii, unanimously recognizing in fraternal relations, the Grand Lodge of :\Iissouri, adding this significa.nt allusion to the previous irregularities of the former Grand Secretary, "Circumstances such as have conspired to keep you uninformed of the above reSOlution, are not likely again to occur in this department." .

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Since that letter was received, there has been an interchange of Representatives. Bro. the Right Honorable Lord Inverurie, having been accredited as Representative from the Grand Lod?;e of Missouri ncar the Grand Lodge of Scotland, and Most Worshipful Bro. Thomas E. Garrett, .Past Grand Master, !laving been commissioned as Representative of 'the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Scotland, near the Grand'Lodge of'],IisSouri. Fraternal relations have also been established between this venerable Grand Lodge and Grand Lodges of West Virginia, Louisiana, South Carolina and New York. M, W.,

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MICHAEL ROBERT SHAW STEWART, Bart. G.,M:.

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IRELAND. [G. F.G.]

We have received the official publication of Grand Officers. Representatives and Com. mittees, for 1877, from the Grand Secretary's office in Dublin, and are much gratified that systematic interchange of communications has been established between our respective Grand Lodges. The Grand Lodge of Ireland meets once a month, and its transactions are necessarily brief and lof local interest. The Board of General Purposes also meets the 9rand'Lodge is transact~d.

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The Grand Lodge of Instruction meets seven times in Dublin. degree of Master Mason being admitted.

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The Committee on Charity meets twice in each month, and all applications for relief must .be ,by pe'tition (pnnted'lfonii:<of which. may be obtained of the Grand SecretaIJ'), stating the name, occupatiori:, residence and present circumstances of toe petitioner, and' ;n the case of a Brother, the number of a Lodge in which he may have been initiated, , and'any other Lodge to which he may have been affiliated. Masons under the Irish COJ;lstitntion must have been Master Masons fori at least one year, and be recommended by the Master and Wardens, or three Past Masters, to be ',entitled to the charity fun~: HIS GRACE, THE DUKE OF ABERCORN.. K. G.; G. :M. VISCOUNT BERNARD, Freemasons'Hall,路Dublin,路G. Sec. ARCHIBALD ST. GEORGE, Freemasons' Hall, Dublin, Ass't. G. Sec.


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FRANCE. [G. F. G.]

We are indebted to the courtesy of the Grand Secretary of the Grand Orient for regular files of official transactions~ and for his valuable Annual Calendar. Also, to the editors of Chaine D' Union and 1拢 Monde lfaconnique, for their monthly journalb, in exchange for our Proceedings. All of which are preserved in our Grand Lodge librll.~. We have nothing material to add to what has already been reported relaHve to the condition of Masonry in that country, beyond the question to be voted upon in September as to striking out the title of "Grand Architect of the Universe," in their constitution. The following review of the situation, by Bro. John W. Simons, Chairman of the New York Correspondence Committee, fully coyers the ground, in an article in the New Y&rk Dispatch, which we copy. Our respected contemporary, Bro. Hubert, of thc Chaine D' Union, Paris, in the number for February just past, has an article in which he expresses a desire to open again for discussion the questions at issue between the Grand Orient of France and the American Grand Lodges, with a view to its settlement and the resumption of intercourse between the Bodies. We cannot and do not for one moment doubt the sincerity of Bro. Hubert, whom we know to be a devoted Mason, earnestly desirous of an adjustment; but it is clear that he,has not measuredJ;he width'and depth of the gUlfofsepamtion between.'Masoni"}' as practiced and understood by English speaking Masons and the article called Masonry in France. to say nothing of the men who guide and direct the march of the Grand Orient. When he has done so carefully, he will find that either one or the other must travel a long way from its present foundations and principles of being before there can be any possible ground of sympathy or similarity. In the first place, it must be admitted that Masonry did not originate in France, but on the contrary, was taken there from England, the first Lodge beill~ established by Lord Derwentwater. of Paris, by English authority, under which, in one way or another, it remained until 1756, when the hitherto En~lish Gr8J1d Lodge of France declared itself independent, and set out on the journey whIch landed French Masonr)路 in the arms of the Grand Orient, about 1771. So far as the actual ~overnment is concerned, we are clearly of the opinion that each nation should have its own, whether Masonic or civil; for which reason we justify the declaration of independenee of English government in France, and assert for the French Brethren, as we do for ourselves, the right to have their own government. But, at the same time, it is egually clear that they could not change the form and essence of Masonry it~elf and still claIm to be Ma.<;ons, for the two things are incompatible. When Lord Derwentwater was received into Masoni"}" in England, he entered into bonds to support and maintain the Landmarks and cardinal doctrines of the Craft, and he was obliged to, and doubtless did, require a similar covenant from those persons in France to whom he accorded the privilege of participating with him in it,; rIghts and benefits, or else the English Grand Lorl~e would have taken care to know why he set his pledges aside. It follows that in order to remain within the household of the Craft, the French Masons were in honor bound to observe and preserve the essentials as they received them, and'as they have been and still are preserved by those from whom they acquired them, and, indeed, by all other Masons on the face of the globe except those owing allegiance to . the Grand'Orient of'France. Now, it is known that there is 'a proposition pending before the Grand Orient, and under discussion by its subordinate Lodges, to strike from the fundamental law the requirement that a candidate must acknowledge belief iri the existence of one everliving and true God. What the result of this may be, canllot be known until the meeting of the Grand Orient, next September; and it will, when known, make but little difference, for it was made known in the debates of the last meetin~ that in the practice of the French Lodges mere atheism or infidelity is no bar to initiatlon, hence whether the clausc in the constitution relating to it be suffered to stand or be stricken out, the fact remains that the most vita} of Masonic tenets hits no value in French Ma.<;onry. and therefore there-is and can'be no possible union between those who practice it aud those who not only believe in God themselves, but will not suffer their companionship to be tainted by the p~esence of persons who do not. I Again, a Masonic organization presupposes, for the Lodge, a Master; for the Grand Lodge, a Grand Master. If any LcJdge, by amending its By-Laws, should declare the Master a surplus wheel itl the machinery, abolish the office, and name a committee to rule and govern it, the organization would no longer be Masonic, and it would practically have cea.~ed to exist, even before the Grand Lodge had called in its Warrant. The same rule will apply with even greater force to a Grand Lodge. one of the principal duties of which is to preserve intact the general laws, forms and doctrines of the Craft. A Grand Lodge or Ii Grand Orient, without a Grand Master, ceases to 'be Ii Ma.'ionic organization, or to be enti~led to Masoni~ recognition. The Grand Orient, of France, by its own well


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considered act, abolished the Grand Mastership as a cumbrous awl useless part of the machinery, and thus vaulted without the pale of Masonry to become anything you please, but .certainly no longer to be a l\'1asonie power. '. Once more. The readiness of the Grand Orient to give official recognition to any and . every apJ?licant for that favor (sic/, has become proverbial. It' recognized a spurious organizatlOn in New Orleans, engineered by onc it had itself expelled, while at the sume time it was on terms of amity and friendship with the re<Tular Grand Lodge, the territory of which was.invaded by the organizution in question. '''hen eamestly and fraterlllllly besou~ht to withdraw this offell$ive act-oftensive not only to the local Grand Lodge but to every other. Gri!nd Lodge in the United Statesl-it never condescended to notice their communieations, while its several committees, pretended to treat the subject with a contemptnons indifference for the intelligence of the Americans, never deigned to approach the real question at issue, and to-day it stands preeisely where it did when the Grand Orient insulted the North American Craft by its friendship for u clandestine body in their midst. ,-

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EGYPT. Upon a page among the manuscript prepared by our late Bro. Gouley, was this single word EGYPT. It was no doubt the last word of Foreign Correspondence ever written, by him. . His strong and vehement opposition to the Grand Orient of Egypt in the early part of the year 1R76 is well known, and the best clue to his views with regard to the Grand Lodge of Egypt, had his life been 路spared to introduce that subject in his Foreign Correspondence, may be found in an article furnished by him for the :March number of the Voice oj NaBOn1'1!, which we present entire, only adding, in answer to objections that have been urged upon certain point..~, that the title is, The Grand Lodge oj l!-~qypt, that she has nothing to do with 11IJydegrees but those of Entered Apprentice, Fellow: Craft and Ma,<;ter Mason. That the old warrants were withdrawn under which the Lodges were working, which cons~ituted the new Grand Lodge, and they are now (twenty in number; working under warrant..<; from the new Grand Lodge in the three degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry, Therefore, on behalf of him who is no longer with us to espome her cause, we undertake to present and recommend to this Grand Lodge the claim. for recognition of the Most Won;'hipful Grand Lodge of Egypt.

GRAND LODGE OF EGYPT. GEOHGE FRANK GOULEY.

It is with more than ordinary 'pleasure that we are enable to congratulate the legitimate Craft of the oldest known empire of civilization, art and science in the world, upon their complete rehabilitation and constitutional establishment under a Grand Lodge of Ancient Craft Masonry, and their full recognition bv the three oldest Grand Lodges in the world, viz., England, Ireland and Scotland. Our Eg-yptian Brethern have had no easy ta:sk in getting their Masonic government upon a ~olid basis, but they passed through the ordeal with that patience and devotion to principle, worthy of the,


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triumph they now enjoy. Through the machinations of interested parties, they were inveigled into the so-called Rite oCMisraim or Memphis, and under that Rite had unfortunately got recognition from a few Atneriean Grand Lodge.s, who failed to properly investigate the premises upon which thcy acted, and had their (~ourse bL'Cn more generally adopted, it might have re.sult~d in fastening upon our.Eg-ytiari Brethern a bastard institu· tion which it would have taken years to shake olf; but no sooner were they advised of the error and danger, than they boldly met the issue, and possessing the inherent power, dissolved the Memphis institution, and upon H~gitimHte chart€rs of Ancient Craft Masonry, erected a Grand Lodge worthy of universal.recognition, .and which will stand for ages, like their own imperishable pyramids, for true principles never die. We have before us the official documents of the recognitions alltl.ded to, which were accomplished in the latter part of 1876, as well as the documentary evidence of the legitimate formation of the new Grand L-odge, and we regret that our illness during September, October and November prevented us, as the Committee of Correspondence, from presenting the claims of Egypt to the Grand Lodge of Missouri, at its annual cOll1tnunil'ation, in Oetober last. The Grand J.,odge of Egypt recognizes upon its soil the original rights of the daughter lodges workin~ under the charters of England, ,Ireland and Scotland, and visitation between all Will now be of frequent occurence. Again we wish her long lite, peace and prosperity. The address of the 'Grand Secretary, Bro. F. F. Oddi, is at Alexan4ria, Egypt.

CUBA.. Communications from Bro. Benjamin Oddio, of New York City, RepresentatIve of the Grand Lodge of Colon and the West India Islands, Santiago de Cuba; also from Bro. Ramon Illa, Representative of the Grand Lodge of the Isle of Cuba, Havana, have been referred to us. Each of these Grand Lodges claims exclusive jurisdiction over symbolic :Masonry in the Island of Cuba, and their communications are arcompanied by pamphlets, urging their respective claims for recognition by the Grand Lodge of Missouri, 'as the true and lawful Grand Lodge, having soiejurisdiction in that IslAnd. When conflicting claims are thus preseilted, it behooves us to act advisedly and with· out undue haste, in deciding so far as w~ can do it, upon the merits of' the e1aimants, and which of them is best entitled to recognition. We have given to these documents as much attention as our time would permit, but not enough to enable us to come to a conclusion that would be satisfactory to ourselves, or would be just as between them. ,The views of M:. 'N., Bro. John W. Simons, Chairman of Committee on Forei~ Correspondence,of New York,aregiven in his Report for'1877, which we present in these pages. In thnt he sums up the cas.e in favor of the Grand Lodge of the Isle of Cuba, and we are inclined to agree with him in those views; but with all due deference to the opinions ofa Brother so experienced, and, sCi well versed in all matters pertaining to Foreign Grand Lodges, we must beg leave to hesitate before expressirig a decided opinion up-on the merits of either of the claims now before us, and influenced also.by the belief that Freemasonry can hardly flourish where sueh a discordant state of aflairs now exists; where. strife and bloodshed disfigure that beautiful "Queen of the Antilles;" an island whieh God has so blessed, and man has so cursed, we are constrained to recommend that the· consideration of the recognition of either the Grand. Lodge of Colon, or of the Grand . Lodge of the Isle of Cuba, be po:,iponcd until our next annual ,communication.. I


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FOREIG}l GRAND LODGES.

FROM TIlE REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON FOnElGN CORRESPONDENCE, TO THE GltAND I.ODGE OF ~EW YORK, JUNE, I8i7.

FRANCE. Affail'8 in this jurisdiction remuin as at the duteof our last Report, the Grand Orient appllTently not deeming the' matter of sullicient importance to OCCUP)' its attention; and it loses much of its claim upon our own considemtion when we examine the Proceedings of the unnual meeting of the Grand Orient, in September IUlSt, for we are thus led to the qUelltion of how far the Grand Orient can be considered a :Masonic organization 11t all. The first section of the,Fn'nch,com:titution eontuins these words: Freemasonry is based on the existence of God J and the immorta1ity of the soul:' than which nothing could oe more stricUy and literally true. It is clearer and more direct than the langua~e eihployed in the Ancient Charges publ,ished with the first English Constitution, and stIll regarded as declaring the foundation principle of the Craft, thus: ' ,I

" A 'Mason is obli<red by his tenure, to obey the' moral law; and if he rightly understands the urt, he will never be It stupid Atheist, nor an irreligious libcl'tine. But thollg-h in I\.ncient times, Masons were charged in every country to be of the religion of that country or nation; whatevcr it was, yet it is now thought more expedient only to obtain that religion ill which all men agree, leaving their particular opinions to themseIVl~s; that is, to be good men and true, or men of honor and honesty, b)' whateyer denominations or persuasions they may be distinguishcd; whereby Ma~onry become the centre of Union, and the means of conciliating true friendship among persons that must have remained I\.t I\. perpetual distariee." Of whieh it may be explained that the words "irreligi<ius libertine" mean what our modern euphuists call a freethinker, or, in plain English, one who seouts at the existence of God, and hence at all religion; so that it is 11 law frequently enunciated in our Lodges, that" no Athei~t ean be made a Mason." On this point there can be no compromise. A candidate rnu)' affect any religious bclief- he chooses, and we have nothing to say; but he must answer affirmatively the question, "do you believe in the existence of God, the Almighty and ever living?" or we cannot admit him. When, therefore, any body of men departs from this, the original plan of Freemasonry, it steps at once beyond the pale, and ceases to be Masonic, in fact, whatever it may call itself. Starting from this point, the reader will be able to appreciate the action of the French Grand Orient, to which we now proceed to call attention. A proposition was p'resented to the Body' to strike from the constitution the words quoted above. It was referred to a committee, which reported in favor of indefinite postponement. Upon this a lengthy dehate ensued, and as the speakers were requested to furnish copies oftheir arguments in writing, to the Secretary, we are justified in believing that they are fairly reported in the volume before us. We cannot, of course, give these arguments in extenso, but we select a few paragraphs to show the a v?wed belief of the speakers. The first one said: "I recogni7.(;' thc, fact that Masonr)' is neither Deism, Atheism, nor even Positivism. As ap Institution affiMnirig and practicing human unity, it is It stranger to every dogma or reli*ious creed whatever. It." only basis is absolute respect for the liberty of conscience. ' , "In matters of faith it neither affirms nor denies anything, hence our doors are op'en. with equal facility to the Protestant and the Catholic, the Mussulman and the Christian, ,the .I1thei.~t,and the D e i s t P , .

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A speaker, on the other sideremarked: "Iamin favor of absolute liberty of conscience. You eanllot'change the fact that路; an immense majority of the Masons, spread OVC1' the surface of the globe; believe in the Great Architect of the universe, ItIld in the immortality of the" soul; yet this in no wise affects the liberty of conscience, since it is provided in paragraph three that Masonry regards the liberty of conscince as the personal rj~ht of every man, and exclude..s ])0 man for his belief. Let me relate a fact recentlv oceurrmg in a Lodge, A candidate. with cxeellent recommendations, was unanimously accepted. Before his finnl Ildmi&~ion, however, he was asked, among other things, whether he ever prayed. Ilnd upon his answer that in moments of suffering he had addressed his prayers to the Supreme Being, twenty-seven blackballs were cast against him, ann initiatiOn was refused! And yet our r...od~es will admit a can<lidate who believes in nothing." Another insisted that the contradictIOn of requiring belief in God, and at the same time Itccording perfect: liberty of conscience, must be cured by striking out one or the other; and as belief III God is a form of religion (Deism), and .Masonry cannot be the champion of one form more than another, the first should be stricken out. And so of others, Finally the vote was taken. 'when sixty-five voted in favor of indefinite postponement, and one hundred and ten for accepting the proposed amendment, and sending it to the subordinate!> for discussion, preparatory to final aetion next year.,. This, of course, is not such action as woulo. justify anyone in saying that Frcnch Masonry has become Atheistic. nor that the amendment will be flllally adopted; but it does demonstrate that in the French Lodgcs an Atheist can be initiated-which. ali has been seen, they justify undcr the plea of perfcct liJlerty of eonsciencc. As will also have been seen. Masonry proper limits this liberty, and it does so on the ground that to one, who has no belief in God, conscience is an idle term, having no 1ixed standard, and no boundliTY but such as the individual himself may fix. The conclusion is inevit.able, that the Grand Orient of France is not a Masonic organization, and that its ndepts do not receive at its hands-what it hilS not to give-Ancient Craft "Masonry; and that thc sooner Ma~ons evcrywhcre di~entangle themselves from its alliance, the better it will be for them and 101' the I n s t i t u t i o n . ' ,

CUBA. We are in receipt of the minutcs and Proceedings of a Con~ention of I.odges to the City of Havana, held August 1,1876, and resulting m the formation of ILIl Independent Grand Lodge, which now asks for recognition at oui-hands. 'We have very carefully examined the whole subject, and give, in the following statement, our reasons for theconelu. sion at which we have arrived: The first introduction of Masonry in the Island of Cuba appcars tD be due to the Grand Lodge of .Pennsylvllnllt, which granted a warrant, dated December 17,1804, for It Lodge to be held in the City of Havana, and subsequently six others, the last In.]822., In UH~ llJutations of time these Lodges appear to have died out, and we discover nothing further of the existence of the Institution there until about ]858, when, there bcing no Masonic government in Cuba, nor in the mother country, the Grand Lodge of South Carolinlt established several Lodges in Cuba, and on the 5th of December, 1859, three of tHese-La Fraternidad, l'rudencia and. San Andres-established the Grand Lodge of Colon, having its seat in the eity of 81lntiago de CulJa. This orgoanizlltion wasunctoubtedly regular, lind its rigol\t. to establish aI)(1 gover.n symbolic Lodges in Cuba unqpestionable and indefeasible ; but on the 27th of December, ]85!J;authority from the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Vnited States arrived in Santiago for the establishment of bodies of the Ancient and Accepted Rite .from.the fOl;1rth to the thirt;-~eeond degree, and the .establishment of 11 ~uprelIle CounCIl, thlrt;-tlllrddegree. ThIS, however, was never Il'Itended by the Supreme Council from whiCh it issued to interfere with the right.~ of Symbolic Masonry already existing, but only to establish and govern what are called the" high" degrees of the Scottish Rite-a perfectly legitimate proceeding in itself. and, having no needeo'connection with the already e::tablished Grand Lodge, other than to know ~.hllt it WIlS duly and regularly crcated lind established, and lawfully held the government and superintendence of Craft l\Iasonrv in Cuba, leaving the degrees beyond Master Mason to be governed astheir possessors mfght elect. No sooner: however, was the Supreme Council of Colon established than it asserted complete ,jurisdietion over Masonry in all its branches, and issued its constitution to that effect, in which it. provided for a Grand Orient, to.look after the affairs of the Lodges, and thus contemptuously set aside the Grand Lodge of Colon, which had a :previous and undoubtedly regular existence. 'fhis Grand Lodge. instead of asserting its rights in the premises, lind aRpeuling to the Masonic world for protection and su:pport, (~alml)' allowed itself to be swa lowed up, and gave. its adhesion to the Grand OrIent crcated by the Supreme Council-for it is to be noted that the various subordinate bodies had not been consulted, nor called to assist in the formation of"the Grand Orient. It was, therefore, simply a section or bureau of the Sypreme_ Council, having no legal


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relation whatever to the subordinate Lodges which it claimed to govern. On the 18th 9f - Se1?tcmber, 1867, however, the (irand Lodge of Colon declared itself a Hection of the Grand Orient, and amended its constitution to that effect. thus-to usean American phrase-effectually wiping- itself oilt of existence.â&#x20AC;˘.But in 1868 the Supreme Council took the (;mnd Lod15e severely to task for having dared to ,promulgate a separate constitution, and as a pUnIshment f()r its impertinence, .suspended its labors. This fiat was accepted with all due humility hy the Grand Lodge, and by it communicated to the subordinates, and thUS, for the Hecond time, it pUblicly declnred,it..<; abdication of its lawful and independent existence. The effect of this action will be seen further on. In 1873 the Supreme Council notified the Lodges and other bodies-including the Grand Lodge of Colon-that they were under the direction of the Consistory, thirty-soc()lld deg-ree, WhlCh bodv would report, not to the Grand Lodge. but to the supreme lluthority of the Council. The same decree provided that all possessors of either the thirty-tirst, thirty-second or thirty-third degrees were by that fact honorary members of all the Lodges, lind entitled to participate in their delibemtions. In August. 1874, theGmnd Consistory, yielding to the frequent complaints of the Brethren, consented to form a Provincial Grand Lodge, to be charged with thE;! government of S~'mbo1ic Masonry in the western part of the Island, thus again tota.Ily ignoring the eXlst~nce of the Grand Lodge ot Colon; but in July, in 1876, the Provincial Graud Lodge having insisted upon an aneounting for tJ;1e large sum of. money paid into the treasury of the Supreme Council by the ~odges, It was summarily suppressed. At this point it will be seen that the¡original Grand Lodge ofCol()n had become a mere appendage of the Supreme Council, without the shghtest power or authority of its own, and, as a Grand Lodge, was as totally dead as if it had never existed. Secondly, that the PrOVincial Grand Lodge baving bcen put out of existence by the same power which created it, there was no semblance of Masonie government left. save that oCtIlc Supreme Council, and this only exercised by usurpation; for .its original powers had only commenced with the fourth degree,'hence the Lodges and Brethren were literally and de jaclo in a territory in which no regular Grand Lodge existed, and were thereforc fully competent, through a General Assembly, or by delegates, to form and constitute a Grand Lodge, owing fealty to no organil".ation bcyona itself, and having a full and indefeasible right to exclusive jurisdiction over Symbolic Masonry in the Island of Cuba. Hence, on the 1st of August, 1876, the Representatives of thirteen regular Lodges,held in Havana, Matanl"..l\S IHld Cardenas, met in convention at Havana, and proceeded to form " The Gmnd Lodge oj the I.sland of Cuba," with power to supervise and govern the three degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry. induding the degree of Past Mast.er; asserting juris{liction throughout the limits of the Island of Cuba; elected and installed GfllJl<l'Officcrs; made arrangements tor the subsequcnt adoption of a constitution and regulations. and appointed W. Bro. Ramon IIIa , of La Fraternidad Lodge, of Ncw York, their general Representative near all Foreign Grand Loages, to secure recognition and interchange Representatives. . As soon as these fliCts became public, the Gr~nd Lodge of Colon-which, as the reader has already seen, had several times signed its own death warrant, and had long since ceased to hllve any legal existence as Il Grand Lodge-proclaimed itself independent, lind dcsired to assume the juris<liction already occupied by the regularly formed Grand Lodge of the Island of Cuba. In view of the facts, it seems to us that there can be no legitimate uillcreneeof opinion as to the lega.l status of the.two bodies; and that it is, therefore, the duty-as we have no nout1t)t.,yt'ill be the pleasure-{)fthe American Grimd Lodges to extend the hand of fellh\vsh ip Rnd recognition to the Grand Lodge of the Island of Cuba, and thus place Masonry in that jurisdiction upon 11 firm and enduring basis. . We therefore recommend the adoption of' the following resolution:

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Resolved, That the Grand Lodge of the Island of Cuba be and is hereby reeo"nized and welcomed as a just and duly constituted Grand Lodge of Free and Aecepted l\.fl1sons, hllving full and sovereign rights within its jurisdiction: and that the Grand Lodge. of the State of New York will pillce it on the list of its correspondents, and interchange Representatives with it.

IRELAND. . We have from this Grand Lodge no communication save its annual financial statement, from wbich,oand its calendar, we find that there is a stlccessful administration of money affairs, and jUdging by the names of officers and members, an equal success in


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other dircctions; but wc still wish, as we had thc honor to remark last' year, that we might, in comnion with the Masonic ~vorld, be favored with a more extendcd account of their doings. We send them no le~s hearty gi'eeting, and wish them all peace and prosperity. .

GERMAN , GRAND LODGE LEAGUE. Official Protocol of the Diet of thc German Grand Lodge League. held at Berlin, June 4, 18iG, at thc hall of the Grand National Mother Lodge. (Three Globes.) Present, by Representatives : 1.

Th~

Grand

Londe.~

Lodge of

J.i1rcemason.~ in

GCrTTw:ny, Berlin.

2. The Grand Lodge of Prussia, Royal York zur Fl'cundschaft. 3. The Grand Lodge of HarnlJUrg.

4. The Grand Lodge, Zur Sonne, Bayreuth. 5.

Th~

Grand Lodge of Saxony, Dresden.

6. The Grand Mother Lodge of the EclectictT:Jnion, Frankfort-on-the-Main. 7. The Grand

Lod~e,

Zur Eintract, Darmstadt.

8. The Grand National Mother Lodge, Zu den Three Weltklugeln, Berlin. Bro. Von Etzel occupied the chair and greeted the delegates, reminding them of their duties to each other and to the Fraternity.. Bros. Eckstein (Saxony,) and Frederichs .were appointed Secretaries. . . [With a view to clE:arness, we omit aU the Proceedings, except such as directly relate ".

to American affairs.]

Bro. Harzfeld reported the resolution of the Grand Lodge ofPei1.ns~-lvania, forbidding the admission of German Brethren to their Lodges. . Number three of the order of the day was taken up. This relates to the questions propounded by the Grand Lodge of the State of New York. viz: o

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a. The position of the German Grand Lodges in relation to the question of jurisdiction. b. The recognition of the Grand Lodges composed of colorcd persons, in Massachusetts and Ohio. It was agreed that the two points might be discussed together, whereupon Bro. Bluntschli, in behalf of It committee to whom the matter had been referred, after explaining the case in detail. offercd the following t:esolutions :

1. TIlltt the Grand Lodge Diet declares that it is not its purpose to interfere with the constitution of the North American Grand Lod~es in any '''ay. As the German Grand Lodge Lea~lle claims to have the right to cxamme for itself the formation of new Grand Lodges in 13ermany. or to accord to other Grand Lodges thc right to found Lodges in Germany, it concedes the same rights to the Grand Lodges of America for North America.

. 2. Wherea.~, it determines' to admit Brethrcn of foreign Grand Lodge..<;, which, in its view, have been legally constituted, and work according to Masonic rules, using only its domestic privileges, and conceding the same rights to American Grand Lodges in their own affairs. 3. It is ready. for a peaceful, fraternal discussion with the Americl\Tl Grand Lodges, touching the extension of the acknowledged right of jurisdiction;and the ncccss'ary exceptions to the rule. 4. The cxecutive Grand Lodge (Three Globes) is empowered to transmit, through' the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, these resolutions to thc American Grand' Lodges, and also to recall the resolutions passed at Berlin, in 18i4, on the"Subjec~ of jurisdiction;


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The foregoing propositions ,vere sUbsequently modified and presented as follows: The Grand Lodge Diet declares: 1. It is not its design nor aim to intrude in the Masonic condition and constitutions of the North American Grand Lodges, and it further acknowledges and concedes to the Grand Lodges of the United States of America and Territories, the same rights and privileges it claims for itself in German territory, as laid down in the resolutions of May 24, 1874. 2. Whereas, in conceding the admission, as visitors to the German Lodges, of foreign Brethren, members of Lodges which, according to its view, work on Masonic princi{>les, it exercises merely its domestic authority, and recognizes the same rights in the Amencan Grand Lodges.

3. The executive and presiding- Grand Lodue (Three Globes) is instructed to inform the Grand Lodge of the State of New York of this resolution, and of those adopted in 1874, in relation to the National Lodge Constitution. These modified propositions were adopted, the Grand Lodge of Hamburg alone dissenting. It will, of course, be understood that much other business was transacted, but as before remarked. we have deemed it bcstto omit any account of it in order that attention may be concentrated on that which so nearly concenlS our interest.

We next call attention to the follOWing letter, addressed to the Grand Lodge of New York, and through it to the several Grand Lodgec; in North America. It is written, as will be seen, by the agent of the Diet, in obedience to the the third of the mOdified propositions: .. BERLIN, June 30, 1876. .. The Grand Jfasfer of the Grand National Mother Lodge 'Zu den Three Weltkugeln ( Three Globes\, at Berlin, at pre..~ent presiding and executive o.ffkcr of the German Grand Lodge. Lcar;rue, to the Jfost Worshipf1tl Grand Lodge of the ~'tatc of New York: "Jfost Worship.ful and beloved Bretlm:n-In consideration of the resolutions of the German Grand Lodge Diet at Darmstadt (1875) referring to the Masonic international relations between the German Grand Lodges and several Grand Lodges of colored Ma.c;ons in the United States of America, the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Bro. Ellwood E. Thorne, ' c'..onsidered it his duty to place before the Most WorshipfUl Bro. Pfaltz, Grand )Iaster of the Grand Lodge' Zur Eintracht,' and presiding officer of the German Grand Lodge League, several questions about the significance, meaning, and intentions of said resolutions. Bro. Pfatz, who expressed his individual opinion only. in hil; answer to the letter of Bro. Thorne, promised at the same time to bring the matter before the nex~ meeting of the German Grand Lodg'e Diet, for adoptioD of such resolutions as could be regarded to be a definite lI,nswer on the questions asked by your Most WorshipfUl Grand Master.

"This has been done at the Grand Lodge Diet, held this year on the 4th of June, at Berlin, and I have the honor, by order and in"b.ehalf of the German Grand Lodge Diet, to bring these resolutions to your knowledge. The same read as inserted in the minutes of June 4, viz: . " " 1. It is not the design nor aim of the German Grand Lodge Diet to intrude in any way into the MasOnic conditions and constitutions of the North American Grand Lodges ; on the contrary, the German Grand Lodges concede to them the same right,> and privileges within the territories of the United States which they claim themselvec;, in accordance with the reso)utions of the 24th of May. 1874, within the boundries of the German Empire.

"2. By allowing foreign Brethern, who belong to a Lodge. which in its, views works on Masonic principles and precepts. to visit the German Lodges, the German Grand Lodge League exercise and practice only a domestic authority, and concede the same right to the American Lodges. , " I have also the order to call your Brotherly attePtlon to the resolutions adopted at ,Berlin, on Whitslinday;1874, by the German Grand Lodge Diet, and take the liberty to bring the same again before you. .These resolutions read, as the minutes show, as follows:

...

. "The Grand Lodge Diet considers the so-called right of jurisdiction, which is claimed, by several Grand 路Lodges, not as a right which emanates from the moral and legal principles of the Craft, or from original or ancient laws of the Fraternity, but only as an institu-


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tion which is based partly o~ the ground of national adjudication. and partly on the ground of appropriateness, and find that some' understanding about the application and extension of the same is possible and desirable. ' " The German Grand Lodges consider the whole German Empire as a common terri路 tory and province, andackowledge. reciprocally, that each GernumGrand Lodge can con-" stitute and charter subordinate Lodges 'in German t~rritory,路if,thelaws of the land do not object and forbid. . "Both resolutions, of the year 1874, and of this year, determin distinctly the point of view and l?rinciple which t!::le German Grand Lodge Diet has taken in regard to the right of jurisdictIOn, and pronounce at the same time in which sense the Darmstadt resolutiolls in reference to the colored Grand Bodies of North America, were adopted. "Being convinced that the main question of principle in the matter as assumed by the {ierman Grand Lodge Diet, and as explai ned and laId hereby before you, is calculated to sustain and consolidate the fraternal relations between the American ,and the Gennan Grand Lodges, as hitherto existing, I hope and believe that now all interruptions of the same are removed, and that the Brotherly intercourse between Germany and North .America will be promoted from day to day, and will become more and more intimate. " Accept Most Worshipful and beloved Brethern, the expression, and the assurance of our Brotherly love and esteem, and our Masonic greeting. ' "By order. ' " (Signed), FREDERICHS. ' " Delegate of tlte Grand Lodge of the Thrce

Globe.~,

to the Grand Lodgc Diet,"

, We also append some individual expressions of opinion, sent us from Germany, in order to the fulle5t possible presentation of the case as it stand6. In reference to the transactions of the German Grand Lodge Diet, we have before us the private communications of two German Brethern, one a member of Berlin Grand Lodge, the other a Grand officer of a South German Grand Lodge. We propose, on the principle" awUatur et aUera pars," to give an extract from their communications. The Berlin Brother says, on the action of the Pennsylvania Grand Lodge, prohibiting all Brethern hailing from a German Grand Lodge from admission as visitors in the Pennsylvania Lodges, the following:

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" At a time of great and disasterous disturbances, when the two Grand Lodges existed. as adversaries in New York, the Hamburg Grand Lodge took in its protection one subor: dinate Lodge at New York, and chartered a new one. Later, llllother in New Jersey was al.so founded by Hamburg. None in PCIinsylvania. What has the German Grand Lodge League to do with this action? Shall the same command and order the Hamburg <Jrand Lodge to dismiss these three Lodges '!; This cannot be done, only. if the presumption were true. as the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania erroneously sugge..'its, that the Hamburg Grand Lodge has resigned its soverei~nty and jurisdiction in favor of the German Grand Loage :League. 'It seems.to us that it IS ratheI: in the hands of the American Grand Lodges to settle the difficulties by fraternally hiviting and inducing the Hamburg subordinate Lodges to join the American jurisdictions. There are many ways to do it, but it is not in our province to give particulars or advice'. The H'll.mburg Lodges in America would, in view of sueh accessions and invitations, show a lack of :Masonic feeling by refusing to be affiliated into the respective jurisdictions of New York and New Jersey. The German Grand Lodge League would be very much pleased by such a solution, and we are sure Hamburg WOUld also be glad to get rid of the burden. . "But what occurred to irritaw the bad feelings of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania? ,j Last year the German Grand Lodge Diet adopted a resolution 'in regard to the negro Grand Lodges at Boston and in Ohio, but never declared a recognition of these spurious bodies. It was only expressed that the members of said colored. Lodges could be admitted as visitors. The same had been done during the German-Franco war, in regard to the French Brethern, We venture to say that even each Brother hailing from a Pennsylvania Lod~e will be admitted as.a visitor in Germany, notwithstanding the proscribing procla' . matlOn of the Pelinsylvama Grand L o d g e . .

"We arc sorry to find that a German Grand Lodge (Hamburg) has derived from the Grand Lodge Diet's resolutions referred to, the right to go intD relation and to exchange Representation with the colored Grand Lodges of lIfassach-usett.~and Ohio; and generally among the Fraternity in GenllllIlY this Arrogance has been severel)' condemned. '


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.~ All this the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania could know, if the same would have taken the troubl,e to make a thorough investigation. ,It is always laudable and commendable when a single individual steps in for the whole, even if Its own interests are not directly touched or at stake; but we think the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania had acted wiser and better to await the r~sults of an investig-ation,' before issuing the-decree of banishing and proscribing all Brethr~n from Germany, from the doors of the Pennsylvania Lodges." From the communication of the other Brother, a member and delegate to the German Grand LDdge Diet, since its foundation, we extract the following:

. "Thc so-called 'q~estion' of the right of jurisdiction, 'and the recognition of the colored Grand Lodges in North America, has been evidently forced upon the ,German Grand Lodge Diet by the Hamburg Grand Lodge, The latter had good motives for so doing, because it.~ subordinate Lodges at Kew York and Hoboken have not been recognized by the American Grand Lodges. It is alto&,ether not conceivable what protection or cultivation a Grand Lodge can give to subordmate Lodges located many thousands of miles abroad, Hambur6' reR.lly had never earned good re\....ards neither from its transatlantic Lodges, nor from It'S Lodges chartered in non-German territories. 'l'he Hungarian Lodge has, as naturally, joined the Hungarian Grand Lodge jurisdiction; the Lodge at Constantinople burst up; the Lodge at Donna Francisca, in Brazil, is gone ,over to the Brazil Grand Lod~e, and the Pythagoras Lodge at New York has been for years in litigation with the Motner Lodge. There are now so many Lodges in America, working in the German tongue, who tind themselves in the best and healthiest conditions under American jurisdiction, that there exists llO reasonable ground Why Hamburg adhered so persistently on its children of grief. whieh will always be an apple of cOlltention and discord between Hamburg and America. Other German Grand Lodges have not the same views as I-lambur~; this is proved by the fact, that the Eclectic Mottier Grand Lod~e at Frankfort-on-the-Mam refused. some time ago, to charter a German Lodge at St. Loms, and directed'the petitioning Brethcrn to dIrect their petition to the Grand I.,odge of Missouri, where it belongs'; further, that the German Lodge at Hong Kong was chartered by the Grand Lodge of the Three Globe::;, at Berlin, only in view and on the ground that there exists no Grand Lodge at that placc. "To cover the real meaning of the question', the Master of tbe 'colored Grand Lodges was drawn in; notwithstanding that the agitators knew perfectly well that the race or the color of the skin is no hindrance of admission into the Fraternity, neither in America nor in Europe. " As the whole matter now stands it might exist in the impression, in the mind of non-instructed Brethern, and of those Brethern who read only the German Masonic papers, Bauhutte, and Freemason Gazelle, that the German Grand Lodge League decided against the right of the Americall Grand Lodges, and reeognized the colored â&#x20AC;˘Prince Hall Grand Lodge,' or similar institutions." The writer reviews now the Proceedings of the German Grand Lodge Diet, of May

1875 (reported by us in the New York Grand Lodge transactions of 1876, especially page

101), and makes the following remarks:

It is first to suy about this document that the same has not been signed by the delegates, not even has it been approved by them. '" The minutes as really written down, were, when read;," considered very defective and imperfect; it was found that they mention very important things, and matters of importance were omitted and not mentioned at all, in general, that the minutes were too diffuse and prolix. The final editing was intrusted to two Brethren, and reads as found in the New York Grand Lodge Transactions,but the same gives neither a true picture of the Proceedings nor the verbatim reproduction of tbe resolutions. ,It was afterwards resolved, in consequence of the controversy between the Hamburg Grand Lodge and the !three Berlin Grand Lodges ill reference to the said " resolutions, to reprint the original words of the minutes, and they show:

1. That only the brothers Glit7-l1. (Hamburg), Barthelmess (Nurenberg, Frankfort), Braband (Hamburg), Eckstein (Darmstadt), and Amelung (Hamburg) spoke for the recognition of the .Prince ~all Grand Lodge.

, 2. That the motives and reasons of the adversely voting Delegates, consisted in the following, points : There is no question about color or race; the question is only whether the German Grand Lodge I-eague can or will recognize a second Grand Lodge in an American State, where already a Grand Lodge exists. As long as the present condition exists, the German Grand Lodge League cannot,' and will never acknowledge a second Grand Lodge in American territory, where already a recogni7.ed Grand Lodge exists. ' '" We remark and point out again, that the writer is a Delegate to the 'Diet, and Grand Officer.


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These were the views and opinions expressed by the Delegates Eckstein (Saxony), Kleiber (Berlin), Paul (Frankfort), Heubner(Dresden), Herrig (Berlin)j Von Dalcn (Berlin), Von Etzel (Berlin), and o t h e r s . ' ' The Hamburg Delegates thought it now proper to take other steps. ,and proposed resolutions of mediation, or rather accommodation, to carry their point. But the offered reSolutions of mediation, as proposed by Hamburg. and as inserted incorrectly and surreptitiously in the ofllcial,protocol, were promptl)' rejected. The adopted resolutions read in accordance, and·after the latter statement of the presiding Grand Master, as follows: .. The Grand Lodge Diet declares, in regard to the propositions of the Grand Lodges Prince Hall and Ohio, that it seems b)' primajacic eVIdence, that both Grand Lodges are legallY constituted, and that the German Grand Lodges will ll,dmit as visitors. the members of these Grand Lodges, and their subordinates, without hesitation, and with pleasure." This/resolution was, any how, not a happy one, because it caused very disagreeable differences between the Mother German (especially the Berlin) Grand Lodges, and the Hamburg Grand Lodge, inasmuch as the Hamburg Grand Lodge hastened, before the official promulgating of the minutes, to enter in mutual representation with the two . colored Grand Lodges of :Massachusetts and Ohio. , The Berlin Delegates to the Grand Lodge Diet protested. and declared (which declaration was adopted by their Grand Lodges), as call be found in the New York Grand Lodge Transactions of 1876, page 113: "That the framing and the editing of the protocol in relation to the Negro Grand Lodges caused misunderstanding, and that it is, therefore, desirable and necessary to give explanations. There is, undoubtedly, some inaccuracy in the composition· of said protocol. The majority of the Grand Lodges declared at the session, a distinct intentioll not to meddle withcontrover:-:ies existing among the American Grand Lodges, not fJ;om motives of fear 0f a controversy with the h.l.tter (although "ueh motives \\'ere justilied by }lasonic, universal and human laws and circumstances), but from motives emanating from :Masonic and humane principle: •Do unto others as you wish others to do unto you.' Therefore the Gernlllll Grund Lodges, on the question of the right of juriSdiction, had only expressed their, views in regard to the foundation of said Negro Grand Lodges, and that the members of the "ame, regardless of color or race, could be adnlitted as visitors. In nearer relations, and in an exchange of Representatives, howeyer, the German Grand Lodges can only enter with acknowledged Grand Lodges. This is all the German Grand Lodges could do; the regulation of all internal matters must be left to the American Grand Lodges.' .. This was communicated to the colored Bodies. In the same manner the Eclectic Grand Mother Lodge, at Franklort, adopted resolutions and promulgated them in their Proceedings. Under the circumstances, these questions had to come again before the Grand Lodge Diet in 1876, even if no direct inducement or occasion took place. An occasion, however, ~IlVC the letter of Bro: Ellwood E. Thorne. Grand Master of .Masons in the State of New lork, dated November 20,1875. (Sec New York Grand Lodge Trans- . actions of 1876, page 103.) The presiding' Grand Master of·the German Grand 'Lodge.·League. expressed in answer to this letter, his individual' opinion, pointing out 'that"; Bro. Von Mensch has erroneously interpreted the Berlin' resolutions,·and that the German Grand Lodge Diet has only declared a moditied reco~nition of the CTrand Lodges of colored Ma~ons at Boston and in Ohio. If we, the writer ot these lines, had had to llllswer the letter of the l\f. W., Bro. E. E. Thorne, we would have abstained from expressing our individual opinion, but would have stated that the framing of the Darmstadt resolutions have caused many disturbances, so that· the matter must come again before the Diet lor final and concise decision." Now comes the nurration of the occurrences at the Grand Lodge Diet of 1876, and the mention of the resolutions adopted and proposed by Bro. Blulltchli, reported by us above, page ninety. In conclusion, the writer says: "What will 'be the practical consequences of these resolutions? We hope and expect that the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania will take in reconsideration, and not execute the unhappy resolutions in reference to the German Grand Lodge League. and that our American Brethren will be convinced that the German Brethren don't intend to meddle with their institutions or infringe, upon their rights. The Gennan Grand Lodge League will never give aid and support to the claims of It German Grand, Lodge as regards its transatlantic daughter Lodges, which are, as their history shows, a very questionable appendix to the Mother. In reference to the question, whether a German Lodge in America must, of necessity, be under the government of a German Grand Lodge, and can otherwise not flourish and prosper, we think the Grand Master of New York has given in his letter of November 20, 1875, the correct and proper answer. We find conclusive evidence, for his statements in the condition and prosperity of the German Lodge "fessallozzi," at Naples, and the German Lodge at Milan."


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The two circular letters of the presiding Grand Master and that of his sUbstitute, Bro. Frederichs, contain: . 1. A letter to the Grown Prince and Substitute Protector, in reference to a letter of Bro. Kohn Hartzfeld from Philadelphia, in regard to the exclusion of German Brethren from the Pennsylvania Lodges, stating that the letter was laid before the Grand Lodge Diet, and that doubtless an arrangemen.t or reconcjliation WQuld be effected by the letter d.irected . . uDder date of Juue 30, 18i6, ~o the Ne;.. . York Grll.n~Lodge.

2. A copy of the letter of June 30, 18i6, to the' New York Grand Lodge, which we give above. 3. A copy of a letter of congratulatlo~to the Grand Master of the Netherlands, Prince Frederic, on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary as Grand Master of sa~d jurisdiction. 4. The reprint of the answer of Prince Frederic, dated Hague, August 4, 18i6.

5. A copy of the Statutes and the order of business of the Grand Lodge Diet, as adopted in 18i6. . 6. A copy of the letter of the Grand Orient of Egypt, dated August Ii, 18i6, asking for mutual representation. We think it proper here to give some statistics of Masonry under the Grand Lodge League in Germany, so far as we can take them from the docuII\ents received, without claim of an absolute correctneSs. In the German Empire there are at present in existence eight Grand Lodges, with about 326 subordinate Lodges, and five independent路 Lodges of English origin. Their classifications are as follows: In Berlin the "Grand Lodge of the Three Globes/, with 111 subordinate Lodges; the "Grosse Landes Lodge,'1 (~wedish System), with eIghty-two Lodges; and the" Royal York Grand Lodge" with forty-nine Lodges; in Frankfort-on-the-Main, the" Grand Mother Lodge of the Eclectic Union," with twelve Lodges; in Hamburg, the Grand Lodge, with twenty-three Lodges; in Beyreuth, the "Grand Lodge Zur l::ionne," with twenty-two Lodges; at Dresden, the" Grand Lodge of Saxony," with eig~teen Lodges; at Darmstadt, the" Grand Lodge Zur Eintracht," with nine Lodges. The five independent Lodges are in the Saxony Duchies. The Kingdom of Prussia contains 220 Lodges, or two-thirds of all German Lodges, of which "The Three Globes" has 113; the "Grosse Landes Lod~e," sixty-three; Royal York Lodge, forty-six; Hamburg, one; Eclectic Union, six; Zur Emtracht, one. German Lodges are in activity in 269 cities, and one is in a village, of which Berlin has seventeen; Humburg, thirteen;' Frankfort-on-the-Main,. six Lodges. Six cities each thrce Lodges; sbi;teen cities each two Lodges, and thc balance of cities each one Lodge. Germany has, in a population of 41,100,000, thiry-three Lodges, or one Lodge to 124,242 Francc has, in~a population of 36,100,000, 24~ Lodges, or one Lodge to 141,536

l~~:gl~~~~:

There are, altogether in existence, 465 German Lodges, which are situated as follows: Germany, 331; Switzerland, nine; Hungary, twenty; Roumania; one; England, one; Italy, two; Turkcy, one; Egypt, two; China, one; Peru. one; Brazil, one; United States,. nincty-five, of 'WhlCh three are working under the Grand Lodge of Hamburg.

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In conclusion of our report on the German Grand Lodge League, we mention that on the 4th of April, the follOWing letter, dated Dresden, March 19, 18ii, was received from our Representative near the Grand Lodge of Saxony, Bro. Von Mensch, directed to the Grund ~ecretary, Bro. James M. Austin.: . "Right Worshipful Brother and Dear Sir: "I have the honor to remit to you' under this cover, the ProtoCOl, No. 115, of the Grand Lodge of Saxony. Referring to my last letter of October 路12,1876, I have been a short time ago acquainted by the Grand Master, Bro. ECkstein, of this Grand Lodge, that the Grand Lodge of the 'Three Globes,' at Berlin, has not thus far received from the .Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of New. York an answer to his communication of 30th of Junc. " It consequently appears that your Grand Lod~e has not taken, as yet a definitive resolution on the thorough prosecution of the' nght of jurisdiction' and the' colored Gran?- Lodges' in the路United :::itates.'


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. " The next German Grand Lodge Diet will this year take place at Dresden, on the 20th of June. " I have the honor to be respectfully and fraternally, younJ truly, (Signed,)

F. A. VON MENSCH,

" Representative." Tho following

a~swer was

sent to Bro. Von Mensch: NEW

.. My Dear Bro. Von

~ft[ensch

YORK, April 5, 187i.

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"Your favor of March ]9th ult., with printed Protocol of "the Saxony Grosse Lllndes. Lodge, No. 115, has been received and referred to me as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence. Touching the answer of the letter from the German Grand Lodge L-eague, you will please bear in mind that the Grand Lodge of New York only meets once a year, in June, and hence that until it does meet on the 5th of June, of the present year, nothing official can be done. "I may, however, Ray to you, that the action of the Diet at its last meeting 1':; not satisjaclo'ry,. for while on one hand it recognizes our ri~ht of jurisdiction, on the other it denies

it, by reser;ving the right, "as an act of domestic autnority ," to admit as visitors members of clandestine and irregular Lodges planted in our territory. This if'; in effect adding insult to injury; for thc German League haVing decided the Negro Grand Lodges to be sufficiently regular for visitation, thus, in/act, admits their right to exist in our territory, and the same is the case with the daughter Lodges 'of Hamburg. What, then, hecomes of our right of jurisdiction. if others may decide t'or us who is to occupy our territory? If the Gennan League prefer the Negro Grand Lodges to the regular Masonic Powers of the United States, very well; but they cannot have both, nor can they deceive us with words, the meHning of which we understand as well as they do. If peace is to be maintained; they must recognize our sovereignty, without any reservation.

" Thanking you for your long and faithful service as our Hepre..."entative, I have the honor to be, fraternally; "(Signed), JOHN W. SIMONS, P. G. i.L" RE:lIARKS.

It will be seen by the foregoing that we have furnished the full text of the Proceedings of the German Grand Lodge Diet, so far as the same relates to us, together with the ofhcial response of the Diet to the letter of M. W. Bro. Thorne, liS well as some expre..."Sions of individual (German) opinion, and after a very careful examinat.ion of the whole, we are compelled to rcmark, that the Diet does not appear to comprehend the situation: for while it resolves to accord us the slime right in our own territory that it claims for itself 1n Germany, it immediately contradicts itself, by declaring that it ,"ill jUdge for itself, whether LOdges clandestinely planted in our territory are regular or not, and if it finds them conducted on what it assumes to be correct principles, then, notwithstanding our rights in the premises, notwithstanding our conceded right to govern and regulate Masonry in our respective jurisdictions, it will acknowled~e and encourage these spurious organizations by admitting tlfeir members to visit in theIr Lodges.

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. Thus the so-called Grand Lodges of colored persons-w.c believe there are two or more of them in the State of New York-are declared to be sufficiently regular for the purposes of recognition by Visitation, though not by formal interchange of Representatives, and this, too, in the face of the fact that the Grand Lodge of the State of New York has occupied this territorry since 1781, and that, therefore, any Lodge claiming to exist in this State without the direct authority of our Grand Lodge is of necessity clandestine and irregular. Precisely the same state of facts exists in the case of Ohio and that of Massachusetts, the colored organizations there being held in the very teeth of the pre-existing and lawful Grand Lodges of those States. I

Again, the Diet has no word of condemnation for the continued trespass of the Grand Lodge of Hamburg on that very right of jurisdiction which the Diet professes to respect. Let us on'ce more repeat, therefore, that each one of the Grand Lodges in North America, for itself and for the rest, claims the sale, undivided, and BlPERA TIVE RJ(;HT OF JURISDICTION within the respective limits of the States or Territories in which they are located. These words mean neither more nor less than they express, and therefore when the Diet by its resolutions speaks of recognizing parties located in our territory in defiance of our law and our right, and at the same time professes to recognize our right of jurisdiction, it simply belittles our intelligence by making it appear that we do not understand our own language nor apP'reciate our o:wn laws. G. L.-A. 7.

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The re.solutions of the Diet are not ~atisfactory, and will not be received by the American Grand Lodges as an acceptable solution of the questions at issue. aii indeed, nothing will, but a frank recognition of our exclu8h'c Ti!Jhl of ,jurisdiction willi. all tlte C()n~eql1cnccs tll.cTeto attaching. The ])iethas trilveled part of the way by its conctitional recognition, find we most. earnestly and fraternally urge it to finish the journey hy a complete withdrawal from so much of its position as we have demonstrated to be utenable and unsatisfactory to the Grand Lodges on this continent., We fraternally request the Diet and its comtituent.;'i to consider that, although 'they may agree to concurrent jurisdiction among themselvc.~, we do'not and cannot now establish any such law here, and thut, consequently. what the American Grand Lociges require of and concede to each other must ex necr;sitatc be the rule of action in regard to all others in this country. When this is properly understood and frankly acted upon tbere will be peace and harmony.

GRAND LODGE OF SAXONY. We arc in receipt of the printed transactions of thiS Grand Lodge. viz: INo. 113 (April' ]875), and No. 114 (October 18, 187t> '. and No. 115 (February 21, ]1'77), transmitted by our Representative at this Grand Lodg-e, Bro. Von 'Mensch.

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The first number (l13 contains not much of general interest. excepting several reports from other German路 Lodges, viII: from the Grand Lodge of Hamburg, Protocols No. ]70 to 174; from the Grand Lodge of the Ecleetk union at Frankfort, Transactions numbers thirty seven and thirty-eight"; from the Transactions of the Grand Lodge" Zur Sonne," at Bayreuth, and from the Grand Lodge of" Hungary," at Pesth. The TIambur~ Protocols contain an ex-parte statement of the aflilirs of the American negro Grand Lodges, and of the dispute between Hamburg and other German Grand Lodges in reference to the framing 路01' the proto<:ol of the Grand Lodge Diet, in 1875. At the session of the Grand Lodge of Saxony, held April 30, 187fi, It long deliberntion and discussion on the new constitution took place, and a sepern.te part of the minutes, recorded on the subject, wl1.~ di>;tributed among the subordinate Lodges. A final action or an adoption of the proposed act of re-organillation could not be ded<ied upon before the subordinate Lodges have sent in their votes. From the Urand Lodge Trunactions. u.~ printed, a full text of the projected new comtitution cannot be obtained, as only the proposed amendment~ are inserted in the Transactions. We must, therefore, wait until th e whole is adopted. to give a full report of the bame. So fin, we understand that the Grand Lodge of Saxony claims exclusive right of jurisdietion over all Lodges in the Kingdom of Saxony. ' To the meeting of the Grand Lodges, October 18, ]1376 (Protocol No. 11'1), all the subordinate Lodges had been specially invited, and all were reprcsented by the legal Hepresentath'e. The Representatives of the German and foreign Grand Lodges, with whom the Saxon~' Grand Lodge interchanges representations, were also present. . After some internal matters had been disposed of, and communicasions of several foreign Grand Lodges having been read and urdered to be filed, the yote on the proposed new constitution was the order of the day. The proposed draft. as preliminarily discussed in the session of April 30, 187(j, WI1.S then unanimoll81y adopted. No doubt the new com;titution of the 3axony Grand Lodge will be printed anci promulgated, us usual, and we will then be able to give n. synopsis, or rather the main features of the same. The l'rotocol No. 114 does not contain any matter of general interest; it has, however, as an appendix, some very elaborate report~ from foreign Grand Lodge Transactions, viz: from the Grand Lodge of" New York," by our Hepre!'entative, Bro. Von l\fen!'ch, so full of merit; from the C,rand Lodge" Zu den Three Wiltkugeln" IThree Globes), by Bro. Neubert; from the" Boyal York Grand Lodge," by Bro. Heydenreich; from" Edcetic Grand Mother Lodge of Frankfort," by Bro. Kuchenmeister; from the Grand Lodge .. Zur Eintrucht," at Darmstadt, by Bro. Heint;~e; Ii'om the" Alpina Grand Lodge of Switzerland," by Bro. Von 'l'eubern, and from the" Grand Lodge of Hungary," by Bro. Winkler. Also, the returns and reports from subordinate Lodges were received and ordered to be filed.


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Of COUTI=C the report of Bro. Von )'1ensch must bc before all. interesting to m, ina.~much a~ this Brothcr always fO"ives the most minute attention to pending qlll'stions, and is inde• fatigable in thc lilithI'll disdlarge of his duty. Bro. Von l\Iensch communicates in his report the names of the newly elected Grand officcrs. and giYes an extmet twm Grand :1113..,ter 131'0. Ellwood E. Th,)l'lJc's Address; alsu, in full. the let~r of the samc, dltted November 20. Illi,), III Grand }[aster Bro. Pfaltz's and Bro. l'laltz's answer, with very extensive and proper commentaries on this correspondenec and thc question of the colured Grand Lodges in Ameriea. Then our Representative says the following: " In view that the decision upon the continuation or the dissolution of thc Brotherly relations betw.een the American Grlll?d Lodges and (exceptin1;\' Hamburg), the G~rl11an Grand Lodges IS very ncar, my report WIll only embrace matters directly connected wllh the present questions and cireumstance><. The solution and dcdsion of the controversy on thc right of 1\Jasonic exclusive jurisdiction. and on the recognition of the colored Grand Lodges (such recognition being directly opposed to any rightof jurisdiction" which was lately translcrred and t.hrown ill by and from the Hamburg Grand Lodge into the German Grand Lodg-c League, will depend on the New York GI'Dnd Lod~e and the ot.her American Grand Lodges. in accordance with and in consequence of the resolutions to be apopted by lhcGcrman Grand Lodge Diet, on :June 4, 18i(), at Berlin. The Grand Lodge Diet 11Iust come to a tinal resolution, and mu~t give a precise answer to the New York Grand Lodge." After re,lewing the transactions in detail, and after giving the statistics of the New York Grand Lodge jurbdietiolls, Bro. Von'Mensch concludes as J()llows: "Last year thc Grand Lodge of the St.c'lte of New York chartpred two new Lodges, working in the (3cnnan tongue, within its jurisdiction. One of these Lodges, situated at J~'((st New Y01'k '.a suburb of the Empire CHy, adopted. on the special wish of 1\1. W. Grund Master, Bro. Thorne, in my honor, the name of . Von .Mensch Lodge.' . '" This distinction, in cOlmection witl~ the honorftry and Brot.herly mention in the Grand Mast.er's Address, was confcrred on mc as Heprescntative of l.he Kew York Gnl.lid Lodge near the Grand Lodge of Saxony. I appreciate this scntiment. based on true aJ)d faithful performance of my duty towurds my constituent.~,and the other American Grand Lodge,,;; but 1 teel that the entirc renctel'ing of my services is seurcely equal to the thttering acknowledgment, HIHI the high rewards and honors, nw(~ivcd Oil ::;cyeral occasions, and in a high degree from myconstituents. If a Represent.ative is as much and as deeply convinced of the justice and the rights of his constituents, in a controversy existlllg now nearly twenty-five years, as I um, my continuul advocacy and vindication of the rights of the New York <,irand Lodge is only a small merit; it is nothing but the emanation of a true sense of du(,y. "Thc cultivation and preservation of tile amicable and Brotherly relations between the Kcw York Grand Lodge and the Grand Lodge of S,axony, has been always very much . facilitated by the unconditional con/idence of my constituents on one side, and by tl,le olJliging courte~y and pCT80nal good feelin~s of five successivc Grand l\fa.~ters of the Grand Lodge of Saxony on t.he other sidc,ouring thirty-two ~'ears of my holding the otIice of Heprcsentativc. "During the eritical state on which depends the continuation of the· harmonious and Brotherly relations. between the Ameriean und German Brethren, 1 never· ceased to direet my wishes and endeavors toward peace; and 1 would be happy, if ·under the circumstances, my activity and efficacy at the Grand L{)dge or Saxony wcre at present not terminated." We find in the Protocol·No. 1]5 (February 21, 18i7) only matters of local interest. The reports, however, presented on Foreign HClationsand from the transactions of other Grand Lodges; viz: Royal York Grand Lodge, at Berlin; Gl'Osse Landes Lodge, a.t Berlin; (;rand Lodge" lur Eintracht," at Darmstadt; Grand Lodge "Alpina," of Switzerland; Grand Lodge of Hungary, are very exhaustive, as regards interesting matters mentioned by us elsewhere. From the documents before us, we cannot compile statistics of the jurisdietion of Saxony. The Grand officers are thc same as last year.


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MOTHER GRAND LODGE OF THE" ECLECTIC UNION," FRANKFORT-ON-THE-MAIN. The Transactions (new series) of the Frankfort Grand Lodge, numbers thirty-nine to forty-three, embracing the Protocols from February 25, 1876, up to December 15, 1876, were received through our Representative, Dr. Hohagen. From number forty we quote-the following: " After the death of Bro. Stour7.h, for a long time member of this Grand Lodge, and, Representative of the Grand Lodge" Zu den Three Weltkuge!n," had been announced, and appropriate resolutions in his memory were adopted, several new Representatives of foreign Grand Lodaes were introduced and properly received. Then a letter of the (colored) Grand Lodge of Ohio, asking for an exchange of mutual representation, was read, and the resolution adopted with a great majority of votes, that such representation and the adoption of closer relations must be decfined, inasmuch as the Grand Lodge Diet, at its session of May 16, 1875, ba.<; not recognized said colored Grand LodS'e as a legitimate Grand Lod&,e, but has only exercised the view, that the members of saId colored Grand Lodge, unaer certain circumstances,' could be admitted as visitors in the subordinate Lodges." From number forty, containing- the transactions. of the regular quarterly session, of the 26th of May, 1876, we have to mention the communication of Bro. Francis Muller, at Turin, Representative near the Grand Lodge of Italy, in which he says, as regards the prescnt condition of Freemasonry in Italy, the following: " Here, in the northern part of Italy, we find everywhere the ur~ency and impulse to leave the Ancient and Accepted Scotch Rite, governing the SymbolIc Lodges, and so join the pure jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Italy, for the symbolic degree". The Lodges. at Milan, and my own Lodge at Turin, did so two years ago, and at present three Lodges at Genoa will do the same. " It afforded a great pleasure to the Italian Fraternity, that the new Council of Ministers in the Kingdom is composed, in its greater part, of members of the Fraternity. Bro. Depretis is a member of the Lodge 'Dante Allighieri,' at Turin, and Bro. Coppio of the Lodge' Pietro Micca,' Ansonio; also, Bros. Nicotera and LinsIDonde Doda are known as zealolls Masons, and are at l,)resent members of the Grand Orient of Italy. The Lodges at Turin have adopted resolutlOns in tlleir honor, and forwarded the same to them a few' days ago."

The Grand Lodge of Louisiana. communicated, by a circular letter, dated February 21, 1876, the election of its Grand officers for the ensuing year. The festival of St. John the Baptist was celebrated (number forty-one) on Saturday, June, 24. 1876, in the rooms of the subordinate Lodge, "Zur ]~inigkeit," at Frankfort. Orations for the occasion were delivered by the路 Grand :Masler, Bro. Oppel, and by tho Grand Orator, Bro. Schwarzshild. Both Brethren received tho thanks of the participating Brethren for their excellent and interesting speeches. At the regular quarterly communication, held August 23,1876 (number forty-two), the receipt of a letter, dated June 19,1876, from the Grand Lodge of Xew York, was acknowledged, containing the list of the newly elected Grand officers. Also a letter from the Grand Lodge of Oregon, at Portland, was received, asking for an exchange of Transactions, which was willingly granted. Bro. Paul reported~ very exhaustively, on the Grand Lodge Diet, held June 4, 1876, and the resolutions adoptea, of which we have already given a synopsis elsewhere. Several reports from the Transaction~ of German .Gran~ Lod&es, cspecia.By fr\lm the Graild Lodge" Zu den three \Yeltkugeln," III regard to Its dehberatlOns and dlscusslOns to strike out the section of the constitution prohibiting the admission of non-Christian candidates in its jurisdiction, and from subordinate Lodges, were presented. We have mentioned the discussion in the Grand Lodge" Zu den three Weltkugeln," elsewhere. A regular quarterly communication was held December 15, 1876, all Representatives of the subordinate Lodges and of the foreign Grand Bodies being present.


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From the Grand Lodge of )fanitoba, at "'innipeg, in the Dominion of Canada, a letter dated June 16, 1876, was received, in which this newly established Grand Lodge asked for an exchange of correspondence and representation. This letter, and another of similar tenor from the Grand Orient of Egypt, at Alexandria, dated Auzust 19, 1876, were referred to the Grand Lodge Diet. as the proper and competent authonty. The presiding Grand Master, Bro. Oppel, rcmarked that the Grand .Lodge of Manitoba has also transmitted a printerl report of the celebration of its installation (May 12,18(5), and a copy of the Transactions of this Grand Lodge of the regular communications on August 17, 1875, and June 14,1876.

The presiding ofl1cer read a letter from the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Hun/?ary, ditted October 5,1876, asking fQfl'a;~communicationof the new standard work of the J~clectic Grand Lodge, to be used as imi'terial for the projec(<ld new standard work of the Hungary Grand Lodge Jurisdiction, ,-Vhich request was granted. In accordance with the constitution, the subordinate Lod"es have sent in their 'propositions for Repm~ntn.tives and delegates to the next Gran~ Lodge Diet (to be held June 20, 1877l, and it was found that the Brethren. K. Paul, Grand Secreta路IJ', A. Roth, :Master of the Lodge at Weisbaden, H. Weingartner, Deputy Master of the Lodge" Three Arrows," at N'uremburg, and Bro. George W. Martini, Deputy Grand Master had received a majority of the votes. Bro. Bart101elmess, for two or three years a delegate, was not chosen; he received only one vote. Thc Grand :Master is I'-X o.tncio, Representative, and the ' subordinate Lodge." have to elect, by a ml1jority of votes from the four mentioned Brethren, two co-representatives awl delegates. The result is the selection of Bros. Paul and Weingartner. A very lively and' compr~hensivedebat~.took place at'this session of December, 1876, in reference to the eXIlIllsion from'the Masonic Fraternity, Bro. G. A. Schitfmann, Past :Master, at Stettin, and )eputy Grand Master of the Grosse Landes Lodge at Berlin, by this Grand Lodge. The case of Bro. Schiflinann, although really an internal matter only of a German Grand Lodge, has notwithstanding a general interest, and we propose, therefore, to 'give a short narration of this extraordinary and exciting event. Bro. Schitfmann wall the second highest Grand Officer of the said "Grosse Landes Lodge," at Berlin, which works in accordance with the so-called Swedish rite and system, as practiced and fonnded in Sweden on strictly Protestant-Christian principles. This system of Sweden claims for its origin and for the general origin of Freemasonry quite . other sources than the En~lish branch of the Fraternity can show; does not acknowledgc the revival of the Craft by the Gmnd Lodge of Engla.lld. in I7l7 and 1721, and pretends to have in posse;;sioJl true and original document<; of the real (original Jacob's) origin of its peculiar chivalrie Order of Freemasonry, from immemorial time:;, thereby proclaiming that only" Christians" can be admitted as regular Freema."ons to the symbolic and high degrees. The Ctov.'n Prince, Frederic William, was formerly Grand Master of this Grand Lodge, and of this so-called Swedish system in Germany, but he resigned the position about six or sevcn years ago, givinO', without concealment, as his reasons, the untenable nature of the histork docnmcnt<; and. the whole system. By the inducement and order of the Crown Prince, Bro. Schiffmann. made very' thorough examinations and scholarly re.<;earches of the so-called historic documents of the" Grosse Landes Lodge," kept secret find concealed from all the lower, especially thc symbolic degrees. He found that these documents were partly spurious and forgerj(~s, partly totally valueless,路 and that the English version and the English origin wa.<; the only true awl rightful source. Bro. Schiffmann, who is a much respected and distinguished theologian, scholar and Dean of the Cathedral, at I'tettin, did not hesitate to lay the re.~ult of his investi~ations before the Crown Prince and the highest Chambet for Ritualistic, matters of the Grand Lodgc; but the answer of the Grand Lodge, or rather of the reigning Grand officers, was his expulsion from thc Masonic Brotherhood, on the ground that he violated his oath, to keep secret such mat.tcrS,and his obligation u.s a Freemason, hy making such investigations into s~cred docuJl;lcnts and by communicating the result to others. . All the other Grand Lodges of Germany, and their sub'orclinate Lodges declared the expulsion of Bro. Sehiffrnann illegal and lacking good reasons. The whole matter created an unusual excitement on both sides, inasmuch as the" Grosse Landes Lodge" irrevor.ably insisted on the expulsion. We understand that the subject will be brought before the next Grand Lodge Diet, and it is to be feared that the same will eventilally give an impUlse for a division or a separation, unless a better and more peaceable sense shall prevail. Very elaborate reports from the Transactions of foreign Grand Bodies were presented, viz: from the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, from the Grand Orfent of the Netherlands, from the Royal York Grand Lodge at Berlin, and other German Grand Lodges. Interesting is the comprehensive and extcJ18ive Heport from the Louisiana Grand Lodge'S. transactions,


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which gives neitrly complctc the Grand :Master. Bro. r. Graham Flcmming's Address, and his views 011 the tj';tJ),aetiOl) of the Ohio Grand Lodge in reference to the colored Grand ", Lodge in Ohio alJd ehewhere. A report of Bro. Leuchs on Masonic matters in Spain, says the (i)llowing: "A letter dated April ii, 1876. has reached us from the Grand Oriente de E~pana, Grand Lodg-e Silllb., signed by Bro~. .Jnun Otory Fernandez Espartcro, Gr. In~p. (,ell. del Gr. thirtY-!<J1lrth, and (;r. l\Jae~tre Adj. del Grand Oricnte dc Espana, whkh communkates the election of Bro. ])1'. l'raxedas Mateo Lag:3.~R.. cx-:'IIinbter I're~ident, etc., as Grand }'lastl'.f, with the expression that this election ,~i improve the condition and further the efficiency of Masonry in ~pain. ,.~ ) "elHler Date of June 10, lS7G, however. another letter of Bro. Juan A. Perez Bichardo, Depnty Grand Mastcr of the G.rand Orient of Spain, ha!-' been received. in whieh thc writer c1ainls that his Gra1l<i Orient b the only legitimate Masonic Grand Bod)' in Spain, that the ~ame is in the be~t and healthiest condi,tion. that thc Lodges in Cnba and in thc Philipille hland arc uilder its jurisdiction路 and obedience. and that the working of his Grand Body ha:> attracted the attention of the (i)reign Grand Bodies. The writer de<'lares that tile cleetion of Bro. Lagll~ta as Grand ~Ia~ter. ha~ been made by Hepresentatives of spurious and imaginary Grand Lodges and subordinate V)dges, tlw.t the Grand Master Adj. Espartern. re~igned 011 Jnly 10, 187;-). by his spontaneons quitting- the Fraternity, in short. that the election of Bro. Lagasta is nnll ann void. In conc!nsion, Bro. Hichardo asl,s all Grnnd Lodges for the continuation of the friendly and Brotherly relations. The letter of Bro. Richardo i;; written in a very opcn andtru:>tworthy manner. "Aga.in, we pcrcive from the Bnlletin du Grand Orient de France (session of July 24, 187(i)"that the Bro. :'IIllrquis de :-'erane communicated to the Grand Orient of France his election a~ G)'((.71.d M(I.'I.CJ' '!f the Grand National Orient of Spain, whieh communication \YUS reeei\'l~d with pleasure and :'Ilasonic appIan:>,". . " We have. therefore. three G~and 1\lltsters who cl~im to bc at the head of the Masonic Frateruit.y of:-:pain. Timc will show who is the only)true fir:>t Grand officer and legitimate l,~ralH] )[aster." In the Transactions of the Frankfort Grand Lodg-e. bcfore us, we do not find the usual rev,rt of ollr Represcntative, Bro. Hohagen, ncar that Grand Body. Bro. Hohagen is al ways ycry prompt and exhau:>tjve in his report from onr Grand Lodge Transactions, and we will find. undoubtedly. his clevcr and written report from the New York Grand Lodge Tran:>aetions, in one or the next. numbers of the Protocoh. .Just beji)re we go to press. we find in the newspapers from Europe, that Bro. Von Dadlrodpll, tile Grand :'Ila~ter nf tile Gl'0sse Landes' Lodge ,whose :>tyle is in Sweden and Delllllark: \:icariOIl8 ljmnrf]1. Salmoni,<-King Solomon's Vicar), has beeome a COllyert to Catholicism. He \l'a.~. during Illst winter. sujonrning in Itftly, and there joined the l{oman Catholic Church. Thi:> raet ealls to mind a similar. and also remarkable conversion in Eng路land. of the ~larquis of Hipon, Grand ~laster of EnglfUJd bef<)h~ the Prince of Wales. The c{)llvcr~ion of Brl). Von ])achro(\(~ll ,tile chief adversary of Bro. S('hift'mann) to Catho}ici~Jll. cau.-ed a great excitement at Bcrliu, where he was a high dignitHry of the Prussian Court. and in near personal relation~ to the Emperor. The conversion of Grand Master.Von Dachroden at Berlin, to Catholicism, is contradicted by himself and the Grand Secretary. On the ;jth of ~Iay, when the grea.ter part of our Report on Foreign Correspondence was already printed, another volumc, number ji)I'ty-four ,quarterly session held Februa.ry We ~ee therefrom, with great pleasure and sat:sfadion, that our Hepre~entativenear the Eclectic Grand Lo~lgc, Bro. Hohagcn, prescnk'd Itt thi:; se~sion of February 23, 1877 IltS we expeeterl and expressed our opinion . thercon , a very t1l"r"ugl1 and elabomted rcport from the :1\ew York Grand Lodge Transactions of IS7G. The maill IX)ints of Grand. :'IIaster Ell wood E. Thorne's address, especially as regards the relation:> ,with Foreign Grand Bodics, and reported, alld. full {larticnlars of the rnectillg reports of the scveral Urand o!Iiccrs,and statbtics, are given. Ve llre again indebted t.o Bro. Hohagen, our able and ;t,ealous Heprescntative. that he made in this year, as in previous ones, an exhaustive report from our New York Grund Lodge'Transactiuns to the Fraternity in Germany. 23. IS77, hy this Grand Lodge), was received.

The Transactions of this quarterly session are only of a local interest; the reports, however, presented on the Transact.ions of German and other Grand Lodge Transactions arc of gellel'lll intBrc.~t, and we shall probably find occasion ill a fnture time to give a synopsis or extract thercfrom.


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GRAND. LODGE "ZU DEN DREI WELTKUGELN" (THREE GLOBES), AT BERLIN, PRUSSIA. We are in possession of the TrlInsnctions of this Grand Lodge for the period from January to December, .1876; also of the Calendar of this Grand Lo<ige for the years 1876 and 1877, containing lists and statem(~nt~ of t.he members anel <iepart.ments of t.he Grand Lodge and all the subordinate Lodges; also the Grand Bodies interchanging representation with this Grand Lodge. A Lodge of sorrow was held on the l()th of February. ]S7(). in memory of the deceased .i\Iost \Vorshipful Grand Master Bro. Von :Mesiier~chmidt. The Grand Master, Bro. Von Etzel, presided. and gave as introduction a sketch of the activity of the de(~el1scd Brother duriug his JI{asonic course of more than fifty years. The Grand Orator. Bro. AI1Jrecht, as orator of tile day. give an interesting and exhaustive eulog~' of Bro. VOIl Messerschmidt's life. A pamphlet describing this Lodge of sorrow was dbtributed. At the regular quarterly session, on ?>Ial'ch (), 1877, the election of co-delegates for the next Grand Lodge Diet took place, and Heports from subordinate Lodges were received. Another quart~rly iics."ion was held on the ()th of April. and it was announced that in future the Proceedings anel minute~ of the Granel Lodge Diet will be written down by stenograpl1ers. in view of the inaccurate keeping- and writing such Proceedings at, the last Grand Lod~e Diet. A letter of the Crown Prince, Frederic; William, was read, in which the same. as substitnte Protel:tor, asks that none of his addresses or speeches direeted to individual Masons, or to committees, or to Lodges, be pUblished without his special consent. At an extraordinary session. on May 4,1877. Bro. Albrecht was elected a member Of Grand Lodge Executive Committee. in place of the deceased Bro. Von ~Iesserschmidt, and Bro. Paul was chosen as Hepresentative near the Grand Lodge of the Eclectic Union at Frankfort, in pl:1Ce of Brc). Stourzh, lately deceased. On :May 20. the cOl1jel'cnce fl)1' Lp.{Jislfltion took place, in which, according to the constitution, fifty-two Grand officers and active members of the Grand Lodge and ninetythree delegates of the subordinate Lodges participated. After some preliminary discussiop about the orner of the day, the debates on the strikillg out Section 1()0, No. ] .. of the Constitution, reglmling the admission and initiation of .lews, was opened. In the discussion of this matter. the question was treated and ventilated in its variolls shapes in a lively and, at times. rather sharp manner, and the result of the ballot gave cighty-l'i1,{ht affirmative and fifty-seven negative votes. As a two-third majority was not reached, the 1I10tion to strike out this section was again lost. . The motion to strike out this section was several times before the Legislative Body of the Grand Lodge. Wc reported in former years on this strangc and incomprehensible action. and gave. as our opinion. that the views expressed on the occasion differ so essentially from what we arc acenstomed to llnelerstand as ::\Iasollry. that it would be an idle and fruitless task to exhibit or comment upon the same before Ameriean Masons. We cannot but repeat our views on the mattcr us expresseel in former years. aud have to men- . tion that the Grand Mast{'r, Bro. Von Etzel, a very intelligcnt, 7R.alous, lind true Mason in his profane life, and a skilled. experienced, and able Prussiau general, now on the retircd Ibt, resol\'-ed, on account of the distasteful mannel' of the debate on this question of admitting nOllc but Christians into Fremasonry, to resign his office. He announced at the close of th is quarterly session that he \\'01110. holt! the office of Grand ::\laster only until the session of the next Granel Lodge Diet was over, at which he had to preside. and that immediately aftcr hc would send in his resignation; \vhich wu.s done! and a dimit IIranted. This explains why the lctt{lr of the Grand. Lodge Diet, dated Berlin, June 30. ]87li, to the ~ew York Grand Lodge :was not signed by the Grand Master, but by his substitute, Bro Fredcrichs. The festival of St. .John the Baptist was celebrated .June 21, 1876. From the Reports presented at this festival, being the end of a :Masonic'ycar and the beginninO"of a new, we perceivc that this Grand Lodge .Jurisdiction has 113 subordinate Lodges, Wit]1 ]3,392 member", and that 24,513 marks were expended for charitable purposes. , The quarterly session held September 21, ]876, was devoted only to internal matters lmd the receiving of Reports from subordinate Lodges.


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The Deputy Grand Master, Bro. Kleiber, presided at the session of October 19, 1876, at which the election of a Grand Master in the place of Bro. Von Etzel was the order of the day.. Bro. Fred. H. E. Zschieschc, in his pro1ane life Director .of the Orphan Asylum at Berlin, wa.s elected Grand Master to fill the vacancy, and duly installed. The delegates to the Grand Lodge Diet, Bros. Kleiber and Frederichs, were re-elected. At the session of December 7,1876, the Grand Master, BrQ. Zschiesche, presided the first time, and delivered an appropriate and eloquent address. Several Grand officers were elected, and Representatives nominated and installed. ~undry motion!' and propositions with regard to amendments of the constitution were mtroduccd. The Grand Lodge has the power to grant and distribute sb..1:een stipends for professional students at German Universities on the proposition of the subordinate Lodges. The names of the new stipendiaries who will receive this ~subsidy during their term of study were promulgated. Internal matters only of local interest were transacted at this session. On this, as on former regular quarterly communications, Reports from the Proceedings of German and F()r~ign Grand Lodges, ably and exhausti.vely written, were receiv,ed, and we find that on Apnl fl, 1876, extracts from the ProceedlI1g's of the Grand Lodge of Iowa (for ]8751 and from the Grand LOQge of New Jersey (sessIOn of January, 1876,) were presented by Bro. Von Etzel. Bro. Maetzner, our Representative ncar this Grand Lodge, reported, December 7,1876, on the New York Grand Lodge's meeting of June, 1876. He gave un extract of Grund Master E. E. Thorne's address, and a synopsis of the Transactions, and the result of the election of Grand officers; also full statisties and the main features of the several Report.s of the Grand officers and of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence. A report by Bro. Zschiesche from the Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, in .Tune, 1876, IS also given. with the list of the newly elected Grand officers and the statistics of the jurisdiction. . , . . In conclusion, we have to 'state that the Calendnr of this Grand Body is a very interesting and remarkable compilation. It gives not only the list of all Grand Lodge members and forei~n aud domestic Representatives of the juriSdiction, and the names of the members of all committees. but also the list of members of all subordinate Lodges. An appendix gives a full Imd complete list of the Lodges working- under the scveral Grand Bodies of Germany, and (with numbers and location) under the Grand Lodges of England, Scotland and Ueland; also under the Grand Bodies of the Netherlands, of Luxemburg, of Sweden. Denmark, Swit7.erland, Belgium, Italy, Portugal Hung-ary, Greece. We find also the subordinate Lodges working undcr the Grand Lodges of New York, Texas, Louisiana, Connecticut, California, Tenne.~sec, Illinois, Delaware, British Columbia, Nco Grenadino, and the Republic of Columbia, of the Grand Orient of Hayti, of the Grand Orients of Peru and Brazil, fully enumerated. t

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"InDecember la.st we received the printed Transactions of this Grand Lodge, viz: number seventy-three (October 2.'), 1874),· number seventy-four (March 14, 1875), number seventy-five (October 24, 1875), number seventy-six' April 2, 1876\ The contents of these Proceedings, which we received rather late, are anticipated, aI;ld all that could bc of gcneral interest bas been reported by us previously. At the session of April 2, 1876, the Grand Master, Bro. Pfaltz, gave a statistical review .on the members of the subordinate Lodges, which number 9.56 Brethren, and returned 1his thanks for the confidence and the signs of love and esteem bestowed on him during ,his Grand Mastership. The election of Grand Master, Deputy Grand I\faster, and Grand :Secretary was then the order of the day, and the former incumbents of these o1Iices were ~ ,re-elected. 'We find in the Transactions that it was agreed to hold the regulnr quarterly Grand of the rooms of the nine subordinate Lodges. We

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At the session of April 2, 1876, held at Worms, Bro. Weber, Master of the Lodge at Offenbach, declared that, on accouut of. his burdensome professional business. he is compelled to resign his oflice as Representative of the Grand Lod~e of the State of New York )lear the Darmstadt Graud Lodge, and handed back the regalIa and insignia of this office. The Grand Lodge "Zur Eintracht" did not communicate this fact to the New York Grand Lodge. It is strange, or, rather. significant, that the Darmstadt Grand Master, Bro. Pfaltz, when presiding and executive officer of the League, as we have seen from'the German Grand Lodge Diet's Transactions on other occasions. was ready and over-anxious to enter into Correspondence with the Negro Grand LodO'es in America. and to communicate to the latter the spurious resolutions of the Grand Lodge Diet, held at Darmstadt, 'in ;\fay, 1875. But neither the Grand Master nor the Grand Secretary of that Grand Body, at Darmstadt, held it as necessary or proper to make a communication to the Grand Lodge of the State of New York. All the other content.s of the Darmstadt Grand Lodge Transactions are of a local character, and even the reports from other Grand Bodies are only short, and not at all exhaustive.

GRAND LODGE OF PRUSSIA, "ROYAL YORK ZUR FREUNDSCHAFT," AT BERLIN.. We have received from this Grand Body no direr.t communication as In former years. We regret, thercfore, not being in poÂťsession of the excellent semi-annual Report which Bro. Von Dalen, a distinguished member of this jurisdiction, usually gives tn relation to the condition, work and statistics of the subordinate Lodges. From our exchanges we can ()II.!Y give a short synopsis of the Tran,sactions of the Royal York Grand Lodge of Prussm. A general Lodge of Sorrow. in memory of the deceased Brethren of the jurisdiction, wa." held February 2J 1876. The rresiding Grand Master, Bro': Herrig, delivered a very elaborate oration on tne text: . " " e will all soon be at the end of our pilgrimage; therefore we must learn to die." . J At the session of March 6, 1876. a report on the affiliation of the Lodge" '1'0 the Tl'l1c Heart./' at Strassburg, was received; also extracts from the Transactions of thc German Grana Lodges and returns from forty-seven subordinates were read and filed.

On Muy 8, 1876, the election of (rrand officers was the order of the day. The Grand Master was re-elected, and TIro. Broker was elected Deputy Grand Master for .the next three years. It was reported"that the By-Laws of the grea.ter part of the subordinate Lodges contain the clause that the Lodge can strike off any member for non-payment of dues. This proyision was declared legal by the Grand Lodge; but the proviso in certain By-Laws, "that any member, liVing at the place where the Lodge meets, and not having' visited the Lodge during onc ycar, shan be stricken from the roll by a majority resolution of the members" was declared illegal and void. . At the session of Ju"nc 12, 1R76, the list of the newly elected officers in the subordinate Lodges and sundry reports from foreign Grand Lodges were received. The festival of St. John the Baptist was celebrated in the usual manner on Junc 24,1876.


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GRAND LODGE" ALPINA," OF SWITZERLAND. As we see from our exchanges with other foreign Grand Bodies, the Grand Lodge " Alpina." of Switzerland, held its annual session October 28 and 29, 1876, at Berne, in the rooms of the subordinate Lodge" Zur Hoffnung." The main object of this session was the adoption of resolutions to adopt a concordat with the Supreme Council of tbe thirty-third degree for Switzerland. locatcd at Lausannc, by which act all the Symbolic Lodges pass under the jurisdiction of thc " Alpina Grand Lodge," and all the high grade bodies under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Council. . . And we take occasion to say that it is long since we have heard better news from abroad. The Grand Lodge" Alpina" now becomes a Hovereign ~l11d independent body like.the Granel LodgeH in thiH country, anll when the i:'\cts are officially placed before its peers in the united States, the?<' can consistently, and will no doubt cheerfully, enter into relations of amity and correspondence with the Swi~s Brethren. It may he well to add, that wherever there i~ a Grand Orient eontro11ill~ sub'ordinute Lod~cs, yet it<;elfsnbject to a higher organization. and the course pursued III Switzerland Will have to be adopted in order to secure recognition in this country. We propose to give a brief narration of the memorable act, and a translation of the resolution, which reads us follows: . "Rcsolvcd. The Lodges" Avenir" at Vevay, "Liberte" at Lausanne, "Courage and Per~eyerance" at Payerne. "Verite ete Progres" at Bex, ., Freier Rhein" at Schafl'haussen, constituted by the Supreme Council of the thirty-third and la~t degree, for Switzerland. and coming on January I, 1877, in and under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge " Alpina." of Switzerland. shall have the same position with the Grand Lodg-e "Alpina" a.s all other subordinate Lodges of the said Grand Lodge Jurisdiction; they are in all reg'ards subjeet to the regulations of the fundamrntal law of August 23, 1814; to the degrees and deci~;ions since then issued by the Grand Lodge; to the statutes of the Swiss Lodge Confederation of lune 22, 1874, and to all future regulations adopted according to law and Ma..,;onic jurisprudence.

Therefore it is guaranteed to them, in accordance with section twenty-four of the constitution. to work as formerly find use the sallie rituals, which have to be laid before the Grand Lodge in obedienee to the deciHion of the Grand Lodge of October 24. 1858. Their charters will be guaranteed, attested and sealed by the Grand Lodge " Alpina." , They are liberat.ed from t.he payment of 200 fmllcs as fee for constitution and chart.er; they only haye to pay from the first of January. 1877, the usual Grand Lodge dues as proyided for in section twenty-eight of the constitution. Resolutions to send con,gratulations to Prince Frederic of the Netherlands on his sixtieth anniversary it..,; Grand ),Iaster, and to cO)lfer on him honory membership. were adopted; also the Bret.hren Von Etzel, Grand ]\faster of the Three Globes Lodge, at Berlin, Dr..Meyer Hofmeister, and Dr. :Muralt, were unanimously elected. as honorary members. The address of the Grand ~Iaster, Bro. Carl Tscharner, on this occasion is eloqnent, and gives interesting facts as regards the foundation of the Swiss Grand Lodge and the pmpagating of the Crall in Switzerland. He gives this historical narration especially to show and testify, that the main effort., to concentrate the Masonic work in Switzerland, have gone out from the Lodge and the Brethren at Berne. and that the Fraternity at Berne is therefore entitled to have the first festival of the newly concluded union at its residence. The following facts of the beginning and propagation of Masonrv in Switzerland from Grand ~Iaster Tscharner's address will be of general interest to the l\lasonic Fraternity. The first l\Jasonic Lodge in Switzerland was opened a.t the citv of Geneva in the year In7, from \\'here Lodges at Lausanne and in the interior of Switzerland were constitut.ed. At the end of the last cent.uTY about a dozen Masonic Lodges existed in t.he country, but nearly all of them cca.~ed to work in consequence of the war. As soon as time and circumstances be(~ame quiet, the Lodge" Zur Hoffung" (Hope Lodge} was constituted at Berne, September 14, IH03. At the same time. the idea to bring all Masonic Boe!ies in Switzerland together in one Grand Body, originated from this Lodge at Berne, but could not be brought about. Again, in 1817 and 1820, the result now before the Swiss Fraternity could not come to a final deeision, notwithst.anding the labors, endeavors and working of Bret.hren in Berne. Bale路and Lausanne. Only a partial union of eight.. later of t.welve Lodges, in the eant.ons of Berne, Neufchatel, Waadt and Geneva was effected, under the


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nftlne of the "Gross~ Lando.,; Lodge of Switzerland," with the seat at Berne. In 183G, on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the foundation of the Lo(1ge at Zurich, it wa.s again considered and taken in view that the Swiss Lod;:!es assume ncarer relations, and that a Grand Lodgeshould be erected. But only in ]838, or-rather in 1840, it was TIll all y decided and resolved by seventeen S\viss Lodges to create a Gmnd Lodge for Switzerland; the ~ame, under the name" Alpina." was legally constituted at Zurich, and the first Grand ~la::;ter, 131'0. Hollinger, was tlwn elected and installed. * At last the compact and concordat betwcen the "AJ;Pina" Grand Lodge, now located at Beme, and the Supreme CounciL as executed and exchanged in October. 1876, brin~s the ?lIasonic condition of the Fraternity in Switzerland to a regular and honorable standard. -

GRAN:Q ORIENT OF THE NETHERLANDS. The" Bullctin " of the Grand Orient of the Netherlands, for 177o, came duly to hand. We find that a Grand Lodge mccting, on June 11, 1876, was hcl!1 at "The Hagne," the Deputy Grand Master, Bro. Nordziek. presiding. After the opening in due form. the Grand :\faster, Bro. Prin(:e Fn'(kric, was lormally introduced, and addressed the assembly, specially alluding to the coming sixtieth anniversary of his Gmn<1?1Iastcrship. He expressed the hope to be able to celebrate this day among the Brethren, notwithstanding his age of more thall eighty years. . The business of the Grand Lodge was of It strictly internal und rlomestic character of no gencral interest. The transactions and appeal against an expulsion, and a Masonic trial were the main object.." of the Proceedings. The festival for the celebration of Prince Frederic's Grand 路Mastership during sixty years took place on July 27, 1876. We have elsewhere reported on the same. and mentioned the tokens of Brotherly love and esteem bestowed ii'om all parts of the j\Iasonic world on the distingUished Brother. The" Bulletin" is the offidal journal of the Grand Orient of the Netherlands, and contains a list of all the offiecrs of the subordinate Lodges in the Netherlanrls and its colonies, and officialrcports and extraets from the Proceeding-s of the Grand Boc\;cs in Germany, including the Transactions of the German Grand Lodgc League, of the Grand Orients of Italy, of Spain, and of the Argeritine Republic. . The number of subordinate Lodges is seventy, of whieh forty-one are in Europe and twenty-nine in the colonies; the total membership is not reported. Grand Secretary and Grand Keeper of Archives is Bro. B. L. Rasch. The Grand Orient of the Netherlanrls (founded December 27, 1'{j6.. ) interchung'es representation with the Grand Lodg-e "To the Three Globes," at Berlin, with the Hamburg Grand路 Lodge, and with thc Grund Lodges" Eclectic Union," at Frankli)rt, of Saxony, uf Darmstadt, and with the "Alpina" Grand Lodge, of Switzerland.

GRAND ORIENT OF ITALy. Wehuvenothing new or of importance to reportslnce we gave a Rynopsis of Freel'nasonry in Italy, and of the Transactions of the Italian Grand Body, in our l1cport on Forci~n Correspondence in 1875, page FlO. What we have here specially to mention is, as alrea;:fy stated in the report fro11J t.he Transactions of th'e "EeIectic Grand Lodge," at Frankfort, that everywhere, especially in the northern part of Italy, movements in layor of the strict seperation of the S~'mbolic Lodges from the High Degree Organizations are in progress. Of course, such movements in Haly will have an interest for the American Brutherhood, because Frecmasonry in It"lly wfll daily gain more importance, and is very ncar to the point which the Swiss Brethren have just now reached, namely, to the seperatioll of the

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Grand Lodge for the three symbolic degrees and the Supreme Council of the high degrees. We would be glad to recognize a Masonic Grand Body in Italy with such a fundamental organization. We find in our exchanges nothing further noteworth~' or of general interest from Italy, but would be much gratified to receive soon good news of the new departure.

GRAND LODGE OF SWEDEN.

The Grand Lodge of Sweden is ver)' exclusive. especially as its idea of Freemasonry is quite different from what the English branch of the Fraternity calls Freemnsonry and' its history. Grand Lodge Proceedings and minutes of subordinate Lodges are not printed, and their promulgation or publication is forbidden by constitutiona:llaws. We have already given in another part of our Report. a description of the Swedish system of Freemasonry, practiced only in Sweden, Denmark, and'in the .. Gro~se Landes Lodge." at Berlin, with strictly Protestant-Christian principles, when we gave a narration of the expulsion of Bro. Schiffmann bv the "Grosse Landes Lodge," and the controyersv of this Brother with his former Masonic supreme authority. . We ~ive. in the following. a letter from a Brother in Stockholm to a Brother of another Jurisdiction, which explains itself, and which gives a gleam of light on Swedish Freemasonr)'. "--About exchange of Transllctions and Protocols, there can be no talking about it; because the minutes and Protocols can never come outside of Lodges, and are never printed. I will. howevel,". endeavor to g-ive you, from time to time, some news from .the Trl!nsactions, labors, and working of the Symbolic Lodges that might be of interest to yon. Here in Stockholm arc two S)'mbolic or St. John's Lodges in activity, the' St. Ene Lod~e' and the' Nordiska Forst.'1 Lodge' (First Northern Lodge). I am a member of' St. Enc Lodge,' and we had the fortune to have as Master our beloved King, Oscar II., during nearly twenty ~ears.. from 18.')2 Until the death of his brother, KinO' Carl X V'. in I8i2. He wa;; not M'fiSter only by the name. but really the leader of the L08ge,.ina~!'nueh as he-conducted and presided at all Lodge meetings himself and conferred the n.egrees, especially in the first ten years of his Mastership, IUln. enlightened everything through his fine and amiable spirit. Now, being King, he i8. u.s formerly, Rttached to our Lodge, and visits the same as often as possible. A few weeks ago he conferred the first degree on two candidates. All the Swedish Brethren follow the development and efficiency of Freemasonry. especially in Germany, with great interest. but the several systems and rites of the Foreign Grand Bodies makes us fear that there working will dissipate the mutual aim ann. destiny. .. It was several times proposed to change and amend our rite in so far as that also non-Christian candidates could be initiated. This could be perhaps effected for the first three degrees, probably for some higher degrees; but a certain limit must take place. and such a change 01' amendment would be illogical and wrong, because the hIghest degrees would be anYhow veiled and closed. We have a very Brotherly intercourse with Brethren of all fOTelgn jurisdictions, and often such Brethren from abroad find (when Christians) affiliation and promotion in our Lodg~."

Under the Grand Lodge of Sweden work twenty-seven subordinate Lodges, The Grand Master is King Bro. Oscar Frederic; his Deputv, Bro. Count Sten-Lewenhaupt; Recording" Grand Secretary is Bro. D. E. N. Nordlander; Lieutenant Colonel and Corresponding Secretary, Bro. Wilhelm Von Schultz, Chamberlain. _ Statistics cannot be given.


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GRAND LODGE OF HUNGARY. This Grand Lodge, located at Pesth, has, according to the latest reports,. hventy-two 'subordinate Lodges, with about nine hundred members. It seems, however, that the supreme Masonie authority in Hungary is yet on a very uncertain base, divided between a Gran.d Lodge and a Supreme Council, and the situation remains the same as in our Report for 1876. As long as the Grand Orient or Supreme Council does not turn over it,> Lodges exclusively and strictly to an existing Grand Lodge, a sound development of Freemasoury in Hun~ary cannot be expected. The Grand Master of the Grand Lodge for the Three Symbolic degrees, founded January 30,1870, was formerly Bro. Francis Pulzky, but, as will be seen below, no other Grand l\Jaster is chosen to take his place. Bro. Peretz is Deputy Grand Master, and Bro. Alexander Uhl i,> Grand Secretary. We learn from our exchanges that the )'early communication of the Grand Lodge of Hungary was held at Pesth in Kovember. 1876. Internal matters and also matter of general interest were transacted. Among the internal matters, the aflair of Grand Master Pulzky with the Countess Hadick was promincntly discussed, and created also ln the Masonic press a kind of excitement. The main point of this affair was the presence of the Grand l\fa.,>ter of Hungary, Bro. Pulzky, in the ante-room of a Lodge under the Supreme Council and Grand Oricnt (Ancient and Accqlted !tHe) of Hungary, when said Counte&'> Hadick received the Masonic degrees accordlllg to a so-called Bcotch Rite. After the initiation was finished, Bro. Pulzky entered the Lodge without protesting against the initiation or presence of said lady.. Bro. Pub:ky justifies his non-action by the assertion that be had no right or business to interfcre with the doings of a subordinate Lodge under the Supreme CoulTcil, and that he has often seen in Italian Lodges ladies';)articipating in Lodge work. An investigation of the matter was ordered. A later resolutIOn of the Grand Lodge, however, dccided against interference, and it was postponed indefinitely. Anyhow, Bro. Pulzky hus not been re-elected, or, rather, no Grand !\faster was elected, and the office of Grand Master was declared vacant. As a mutter of general interest, it may be mentioned that!l. new, or, rather, amended constitution and a standard work for the three degrees were adopted. All other路transaetions, especially-in relation to the subordillate Lodges, are only of a local interest. The charitable institutions of the Grand Lodgo of Hungary appear, according to the several reports, to be in a flourishing condition. The Grand Lodge of Hungary adopted nearer relations with the "'Supreme Council at Luxenburg" and the" Prince Hall Grand Lodge, at New Bedford" (sic). Furthermore, as the Grand Secrctary reports, preliminary negotiations for a mutual representation with ten gellerally recognized Grand Bodies are pcnding. From the Supreme Council (Grand Orient, Ancient a~d Accepted Rite), the other Masonic Grand Body in Hungary, we hear that all the o1ficers, including the Grand 1'laster, Bro. Joanowics, resigned their offices in Jannary last, and that an extraordinary session was convoked on the lIth of March, 1877, for election of new officers. It is further reported that the trouble was caused by the disappearance of the Grand Treasurer, Bro. Felix Lucksics, thirty-third degree, with the assets (about 1,500 florins) of the Grand Treasury. A new organization of,the Supreme Council is proposed, and efforts will be made to draw over the ~ymbolic Lodges under the Grand Lodge to the Supreme COllncil, out a proposed division of the jurisdiction for the Symbolic Lodges and the high degrees is not talked of. The condition of Freemasonry in Hungary appears, therefore. not at all satisfactory.


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UNITED GRAND ORIENT OF BRAZIL. From the Transactions of the Grand Lodge "To the Three Globes." at Berlin, we extract the following interesting facts on Freemasonry in the Empirc of Brazil, in 1S76. The struggles against the attacks of the Catholic clergy against Freemasonry in Rmzil haye not yet ('el1.~ed路. The bishops of Olinda find Para. howeyer, who were condemned by the higher State courts to be imprisoned for their aggressiye and unlawful attacks again"t Freel1lasnnry, haye becu pardoued by the Em peror before he left the country for his Americun and European tour; therefore, and in compensution, the Pope abolished the" Interdict" which the two bishops had laid upon all members of the ~Iasonic Fraternity \vithin their diocese..<;. Notwithstanding, several Catholic priests refuse the benefit.., of the Chureh to all Masons. During the first quarter of 1876, four new Symbolic Lodges have been chartered by the United Grand Orient ~ystem dos BenedictnosJ. two in the Capital and two in the Province Hio Grande do Snl, so that at present there exist.s uuder this united jurisdiction ISD Symbolic Lodges, 107 Chapters (Hose-Croix), aud live Provincial Grand Bodies. The subordinate Lodo-e " Uniao e Segredo," at Bahia, foun(led, on the day of the insta.Jlation of its newly eiected o1tkers, an Orphan Asylum, and bought sixty slaves to be liberated. Bro. 1\1. A. Lopes, a member ofthe Lodge, donated to the liberated slaves the means for further subsL~tence. The Lodge" Zur Eintracht," at Porto Alegre (in the Province Rio Grande do SuI), with about 100 member~, working in the Gcrman tongue, but under the Brazil Jllrisdicti'JIl.laid the corner-stone of a ~Illsonic Temple. On this occasion, a ~Illsonic procession through the whole city took place, an event never before heard of in Brazil. The ::'vlaster of this Lodge" Zur Einlraeht" is Bro. Carl Von Koseritz. editor of a German daily newspaper, and of a J\Iasollie weekly ealled the Acacia. The Province of Hio do Sui has a population of 450,000 inhabitants, among them 60,000 Germans, mostly Protestants. The t\VO Provinces San Panto and Rio Grande do Sui distinguished themsel ves in the fight against the Homan Catholic aggression. These provinces have more pUblic schools than any others; popular scientific lectures are held; they have popula.r and drclllnting lilJraries, and the Press is in a sound condition. There exist in Brazil five MllSOllic periodicals. All Symbolic I.odges work so fa.r under this Gmnd Orient; but it seems there is a very liberll.l regime, also a great unity among all Brethern of the jurisdiction, inasmuch as thev have unite,l to stand together against their sole and only enemy in the Empire-the Catholic clergy, headed by the Jesuits. The constitution of the jurisdiction forbids the initiation of any individual who is a slave-holder, or who raises or imports slaves.

In conclusion, it is proper to say that the chairman of the COllLmittee is responsible for the whole report, save the translations of- foreign matters furnished by Bro. Sackreuter. Fraternally submitted, JOHN W. SDWNS, } CHAHLES SACKRE1:TER, COJnmiuec. JE1{O~lE BUCK.


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MEXICO. From Report on Foreign Correspondence, prepared 1y TIro. H. Morel, for the Grand Lodge of L路ouisiana : The only documents we have received from that conntry are the following: one from Albert Pike Lo<lge, 1\0. 5?i, thanking the Gruud ~eeretary for valuable documeuts; and another, whieh purports to come from the Supreme Council, without any seal being attached thercto, but sip;ned, nevertheless,by.J. Garcia Conde, Grand Commander and Grand 1\'1a8ter, and )laDliel ~L ~folino, (~rand i:ieeretary. and several other members of the Supreme CO\llll..:il. The doellment is of miuor importance; it is an appeal to i\fa.~ons to remember their duties. as well in social intercourse llS on the battle-field, and to protect, as far as practicable, such of our Brothers as may need assistance. Such a course is much needed in ?-fexico, and we wish that it would put an end to the civil war,'whieh is now raging, and let that fertile and rich country prosper and advance in all its natural glory!

ARGENTINE REPUBLIC: Masonry is progressing quite rapidly in the Hepublic. Schools, libraries, academies of ~cience and asylullls have bcen established aud arc maintained at the expense of the l\Iason\c Fraternity. New Lodges have been formed and installed. and the follOWing Lodges, viz: Christobal Colon, Laut,lro, Hivacla\'ia,Libertad. Garibaldi and others. have sworn obedience to the Supreme Council of Bro. Charles. Urien, thus giving n. list of twenty-four Lodges wit.h ] ,~OO paying members to that jurisdiction, leaving the other Supreme Council with three Lodges and eight fractions of others. But we hope that we soon shall hear of the sa.ti"factory a.ction of the committee appointed in July, 1$7ti, to adjust matters between the two Grand Bodies. '

CONCLUSION. We have completed the e'xamination of Proceedings which was commenced by our deceased Brother, indnding all those for the year lRiG and 1817, which have come to hand up to the earl)' part of September. The labor has been of necessity continuous. It secmed strange to us at first to resume a species of work,. which man)' )'ears of writiJlg', confined onl~' to business cor~espon颅 dence, had rendered somewhat unfamiliar. It is only natural therefore, that a ret~ospect of the previous pages should make us conscious of defects, which we would fain alter, if it 'were not too late. The printers art has faithfully and illdelibl~' impressed upon these pages what we have written, and in a form wbich makes all defects only too apparent: so they go forth with all thc imperfections they contain.


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Appendix.

[Oct.

'~"e h'ave no apology to make to those readers who are by nature or profession critics,

Anglice grumblers, nor to those who may think that all the talent for such work is em-

bodied in themselves-but to friends who are disposed to consider circumstances, lind make due allowance for their eontrollin~ effect, we.CUll say truly, that it would sorely 'grieve us if they should bc disappointed in their examination of. what we have presented. If we have collected for general readers such information of what is transpiring beyond our own limited circles, as will ~ive them a broader view of Freemasonry as it exists throughout the civilized world, and enable them to note the differences of opinions arising from local cusfbms, and the idiosyncrasies of individuals varied by climate, country and scenery, but under all of which may be found as a solid foundation the universally recognizsd principle..~ of Faith in God, Hope in Immortality and Charity to all mankind, we think that it will inspire them with a greater love for our Institution, awaken in them It renewed interest in its welfare, all,d we may bope that they will not only improve themselves and their Masonic charact$:"s by deeper and continuous research, but by the influence of their example, and the tcachings that they will be able to impart, be qualified to unfold to others the great significance of the symbols and -ceremonies of Freemasonry. If we have in anywise succeeded in accomplishing this object, then we shall feel that our labors have not been in vain.

Our work is finished. As the excitement wbich has sustained us through some weeks of incessant labor gradually abates, now in the" wee ~'ma' h.ours" of the night we feel ourselves relapsing into that sadness .of thought which almost overcame us when this undertaking was first before us, and as the almost living forms that were pre~ent to our nnagination graduully fade awa)', wearied nature asserts itself, the pen fails in ou~ gra.'lp, and we feel indeed that we are alone. No, not alone! It was a truth that Bro. Corson uttered when he said the place was haunted. Aye, it is haunted! we felt it at the outset and we feel it now. As we droop over this last page, forth from the m'isty past glides a shadowy band of those renowncd Brethren who so moulded the de..~tiny of the Grand Lodge of Missouri. We recognize them aB they pass. Among thcm is Bro: A. O'Sullivan, the Ajax of the Grand Lodgc, and last.but. not '. least, Bro. George Frank Gouley, her lamentcd champion-he looks at our work with a single comprehensive glance, I1nd the air seems to whisper to us as in days gone by his murmer of apprOYI1I; he points with a smile to the names of his former as~ociates ~f the corps, llnd (.hen as his form slowly disappears, we hear the gradually softening refrain of hiB last words, Farewell, .Farewell.

J. W. Ll:KE, Chairman, ST.

LOUIS,

September 26,1877.

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REPRESENTATIVES APPOINTED NEAR OTHER GRAND LODGES BY THE GRAND LODGE OF :MI~SOURr.

State. Alaharna Arkansas British Columbia Canada Connecticut.. Chili Colorado California Delewnre District of Columbia Dakota :England Florida Georgia Iowa : Illinois: Idaho Indiana Kentucky Kansus Louisiana Maille Minnesota }!ichigun

:

~fississippi.

Massaehusetts }farylanci Montana :Manitoba . :New York : North Carolina :Ne~v

Jersey New Brunswick G. L.-A. 8.

,..:

Name~ Do.niel Sayre: E. n. English lsrael W. Powell .James K. Kerr George Lee Jose Mondalado Ed.' C. Pllrmlcc Alexander G. Abell William S. Hayes Wm. R. Singleton Thomas H. Brown Braxton Baker De Witt. C. Dawkins: J. ~mmett Blllckshear Theodore S. Parvin Jerome R. Gorin Jonas \V. Brown

Post Office. :Montgomery. Little Rock. Victoria. l'oronto. New Haven. Valparaiso. Georgetown. San Francisco. Wilmington. Washington. Sioux Falls. London. M:ontieello. }facon. Iowa City. Decatur. ldabo City.

William Hacker John M. Todd M:. S. Arlams John A. Stevenson.: lra Berry Henry L. Carvcr .J. C. Coffllllmry :.Charles 1'. Mnrphy John K. lIalI.. : John S. Berry H ..L. Hosmer W. C. Clark John C. noak : R. W. Best Joseph H. Hough Wm. F. Rnnting

~

:

'

:

Shelbyville. Louisville. Leavenwor:th. ~ew Orleans. Portland. St. PanI. Kalamazoo. Durant. Boston. Bultimore. Virgillia City. \Vinnepeg. New York City. Raleigh. Trenton. St. John.


Appendix.

114 .New Hampshire Nova Seotia Nevada Nebraska Ohio Oregon Pennsylvania Qnebcc : Rhode Island South Carolina . Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont : Virginia Wyoming Territory Washington Territory West Vjrginia Wisconsin :

:

William Barrett Robt. D. Clark W. A. M. Van Bokkelen .1. N. "Visc A. 1\:1. Ross John McCracken Thomas Brown John H. Graham Charles D. Greene Charles Inglesby John Frizzcll George II. Bringhurst.. Frank Tilford Hepry Clark William ll. Isaacs Edger P. Snow Thomas M. Reed Willillm J. Bates, Sr., Henry 1,. Palmer

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Nashuu. Halifax. Virginia. Plattsmouth. Cincinnati. Portlalld. Philadelphia. Richmoncl. Providence. Charlcston., Nashvillc. Honston. Salt Lake City. Rutland: Richmond. Cheyenne. Olympia. Whecling. Milwaukee.


REPRESENTATIVES APPOINTED BY OTHER GRA.ND LODCTES NEAR THE GRAND LODGE OF MIS80URT.

Name.

State. Alaha.ma.

Post Office.

James E. Cadle

ArkllnSlts : British Colnmbia

:

Chilicothe.

,.James H. Bethunc Allun McDowell ~

California Connecticut..

John E. Ryland .Tohn D. Vinci!.

Charleston, Greenfield.

:

Lexington. Mexico.

Canada

Xenophon Hyland

Lexington.

Colorado Dakota.

""'llI. N. Loker Joseph S. Browne

St. Louis. St. Joseph.

Dell1ware

John D. Vinci!.

8. Louis.

District of Columbia Florida

Noah l\f. Givan Edward Spencer

Harrisonville. ,St. Louis.

Georgia , IOwl1 Illinois Indiana

John , Luke .Tohn D. Vinci!. lI1&.rtin Collins Thomas C. Ready

::

St. Louis. Mexico. St. Louis. St. Louis.

Kentucky

William E. Hobinson

Sl. Louis.

Kansas Louisiana Maine :Minncsota. l\Ianitoba. New york Kew Jersey North Cl1rolina .Nebraska

Thomas E. Garrctt Thomas E. Garrett.. Zenophon Ryland Samnel II. Sa.unders .Tames E. Cl1rter .Tohn W. Luke Charlcs F. Leavitt.. B. O. Austin Charles F. Vogcl

St. Louis. St. Louis. Lexington. Otterville.. Jefferson City. St. Louis. Springfield. New Bloomfield . St. Louis.

Kevada. Ohio

Tohn "V. Luke ,John D. Vincil

St. Louis. l\fexico.

Scotland Tennessee 路Uta.h

Thomas E. Garrett.. William A. Prall.. William B. Drescher John B..Maude

~t. I-ouis. St. Louis. Hannibal. St. Louis.

WyomingTerritory

Samuel H. Owens

California.

Wisconsin

Rufus E. AndersoIl

Palmyra.

West Virginia

William .E. Whiting

Kal1sas City.

Tc~as


GRAN路D LODGES-ADDRESS OF GRAND SECRETARIES.

State. Alabama Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut.. Dehnmre District of Columbia

Address.

Name.

"

:

Dllniel Sayre

MontgOlnery.

Lukc E. Bllrber Alexnnder G. Abell

LittIe Rock. Slln Francisco.

Edward C. Parmelee

Georgetown.

Jo&l3Ph K. Wheelcr William S. Hayes William R. Singleton

Hartford. Wilmington. Washington.

c

Dakota

Mark \V. Bailey

Canton.

Florida Georgia

Dc "Vitt C. Dawkins J. Emmet Blaeksllear

Jllcksonville. l\lacon.

Idaho IlIinois Indiana

ChaTles Himrod John F. Burrell Jolln M. Bramwcll

Boise City. Springfield. lndianapolis.

Theodore S. Parvin Rufus P ..Jones

Iowa City. Caddo, C. N.

John H. Brown Hiram Bassett.. 路 James C. Bachelor, M .D., lra Berry Charles H. Titus Jacob U. Medairy

'Vyandotte. Louisville. New Orleans. Portland. Boston. Baltimorc.

~

Iowa Indian Territory Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Massachusetts Marylanct Michigan :Minnesota Mississippi. Montana Nebrnska

: ;

ElJery 1. Garfield A: T. C. Pearson John L. Powcr Cornelius lIedges William B. Bowen Samuel W. Chubbuck JOIlll A. Hurris David.r. l\filler

New Jer:;;ey New York

Joseph H. Hough, M. D James III. :~ustin, ~f. D.,

OregoIl Penns)'lvania

c

Detroit. St. Paul. Jackson. Helena. Omaha.

Nevada New Hampshire New l\'lexico

North Carolina Ohio

:

Gold Hill. Concord. Santa Fe. :

Trenton. New York.

Donald W. Bain John D. Culdwcll.

Raleigh. Cincinnllti.

R. P. Earhart J ohu Thompson

Salem. Philadelphia.


117,

1877.] Rhode Island

Edwin Baker

South Carolina Tenne.<;see Texas : Utah Vermont ..\. Virginia Washingtoll

,

West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming British Colllmbil1.. Canada Chili ; England Egypt Ireland 路 :Manitobn. .New BrunswiclL Nova Scotia Prince Edward J~land Quebec : Scotland : :

Providence.

Charles Inglesby John FrizzelL George H. Bringhurst Christopher Dichl.. Henry Clark William B. Isaacs :.. Thomas 1If. Reed :

,

:

Charlestoll. Nashvillc. Hollston. Salt Lake City. Rlltiand. Richmond. ~.Olympia.

0. S. Long :John W. 'VoodhulJ WilJiam G. Tonn

Charleston. lIIilwaukee. Evanston.

Coote M. Chambers J. J. Mason Jose :i\1aldonado John Hervey 路.F. F. Oddi.

Victoria. Hamilton. Onto Valparaiso. London. Alcxandria.

Viscount Bcrnurd John H. Bell.. WiIJiam F. Bunting Benjamin Curren B. Wilson Hig-gs John II. Isaacson D. Murray Lyon

, :

Dublin. Winnepcg. St. John. HuJifnx. Charlott~town.

1Ifontreal. Edinburgh.


REPORT OF THE ST. LOUIS MASONIC BOARD OF RELIEF FOR THE YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 1877. lil76. Oct. N?,v. Dec.

RECEIPTS. hand ....~ ..... ;.i.:.... :.................................................?' Lodge, No.1, dlChlgan ~L) Iron Mountain Lodge, No. 430, "Missouri........................ 10 Good Hope Lodge, No. 218, Missouri.............................. 10 Cache Lodge, No. 416, l\1issouri.. :. 15 Orient Francais Lodge, No. 107, Missouri....................... 20 West Gate Lodge, No. 445, Missouri................................ 35 ·George ,"Vashington Lodge, l'io. 9, Missouri.................... 20 Anchor Lodge, No. 443, Missouri.................................... 35

~. ~moUl~~ on t. From Zion

14. 4. 11. 11. 30. 30. 30.

lR77. Jun'y 13. .. 13. 20. 20. 20. 27. 27.

Meridian Lodge, No.2, :Missouri.. Erwin Lo<1g.e, No. 121, Missouri............................. St. Louis Lodge, No. 20, Missouri.................................... Keystone Lodge, No. 243, r.lissouri................................. Huska Lod~e, No. 420, l\fissouri...................................... Lambskin 1J()dge, No. 460, l\lissouri................................ Occidental Lodge, No. 163, Missouri.............................. .Cosmos Lodge, No. 282, Missouri. ... :.:............................. Orient Francais Lodge, No. 167, Missouri....................... Beacon Lodge, No.3, Missouri.......................................

Feb. ~l: .March 24. A~~ril 7. 14. May 5. June 23. 30.

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II. R. Hildreth Printing Company................................. Quitman Lodge, No. 7(;, Louisiana..................... Ebenezer Lodge, No. 33, Ohio.................... Summit Lodge, No. 312, Pennsylvania........................... Anchor Lodge, No. 4'43, Missouri. Good Hope Lodge, No. 218, Missouri... Mt. Moriah Lodge, No. 40, Missouri................................ West Gate Lodge, No. 445, :Missouri........... Good Hope Lodge, No. 218, lIIissouri..............................

4. l.

8. 15. 15. 22.

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$1,272 36

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00

15 55 15 50

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7 50 15 00 7 70 3 55 11.5 00 10 00 3.5 00 60 00 10 00- 78875 $2,061 11

DIsBunsE~1ENTS.

1876-7.

Amoun~'paid

Jurisdi,9

tion

of

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Canada :..... 11 00 Distriet of-Columbia.................................... 2 GO Illinois.......................................................... 3 4;) Indiana........................................................ 2 ;-)0 Iowa............................................................. 200 Ireland... 11 GO Kansas......................................................... 7 50

In.~ ~;~·: : ~ ·:·:·: : : : : : : :~ : : : : : : .:·: : : : : : .: : : .: : :.: : : : ~: :.: :.~:.~: ~ 1tl ~

New york Nova Scotia... Ohio.............................................................

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Tennessee....

Balance on

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40 45

2 00 7 70

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15 00

;! tl'~ ~1' 5;2.061 11

ROB'T LYLE, Secrelary. ST. LOUIS, Mo., October 1, 1877.

MARTIN COLLINS, President.

*All appropriations for Missouri are for Masons from outside of St. Louis. members of city Lodges not beinl? entitled to the benefits of this fund. 8ccreta1'Y


REPORT OF. THE BOARD OF RELIEF~ OF KANSAS CiTY, MISSOURI,· \ FOR THE YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 1,1877. 1876. HECEI.PTS. Sept. 1. Cash on hand... From Kansas City Lodge, No. 200, l\fil'souri........

..

$166 55 $5 00

7i

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::::::.· :: ~~ Keystone Lodge, No. 243, Missouri........................................ 88 95

Hefun¥:ld~t~~~~,~A~~~~~.·~~~.~~s~~.~.~~::: :.:::.:::::::.::.~~:::::::.~~:::::::::: ~g 8~· From Proceeds of" Gift Enterprise"

:

131 20- 373 40 $539 95

1876-7. DISBURSEMENTS. Amount paid Jurisdiction of Missouri.. S221 30 " " l\lontana ·....... 46 30 l\laryland.............................. 7 00 :i\1ichigan...................................................... 26 00 :Maine :.................. 4 10 l\lassachusetts................................................ 8 00 l\finncsota 10 40 New york 33 00 Nebraska 2 00 Ontario.. 28 50 Ohio 1600 Pennsylvania................................................ 5 00 I{entucky...................................................... 7.50 Louisiana...................................................... 1 50 Kansas.......................................................... 500 California... 16 00' Colorado............ 2 00 Indiana........................ 5 00 Illinois..: : !..... 35 50

Balance

011

for cl:~ritY......~~~.~~~~::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::. :::::::::::::::::::: for expenses...... hand !

§~ ~g

9 95-$.')31 50 8 45 $,')39 \)5

. H. C.

LITCHFIELD,

KAKSAS CITY,

Secretary. Mo., October 1, 1877

W. E. WIITTING, President.


PROPOSED'A~IENDMENTS'

TO BY-LAWS.

Ordered printed with the Proceedings for the consideration of Lodges. Offered by C. W. Overman: ARTICL.E SEVENTH. Section First shall be amended to read as follows: Each county in the State which containl; four or more Lodges shall constitute a Masonic District, find for each District so constitnted there shall be a District Deputy Grand :Master, who shall be appointed by the Grand Master. Section Third shall be l;() amended as to read between the words "jurisdictions and inspect," "at least once a year." ARTICLE EIGHTH. Section Third shall be so amended to read, after the words Grand Lodges, "incluct!ng those Lodges not situated on the lines of railroad."

Offered by "Vmiam Hord : A resolution to change Section Second of Artiele Sixteen of the By-Lawl; of the Grand Lodge of the State of :Missouri: Re.~()ll'ed, By the Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M., of the State of Missouri, that the Second Section of Article Sixteen of the By-Laws of this Grand Lodge be changed so as to read "twenty dollars,': instead of "thirty dollars."


SUSPENSIONS FOR NON-PAYMENT OF DUES.

REPORTED TO THE GRAND LODGE OF lIIISSOURI, SEPTEMBER

1, 1877. PAHTIES

INTERESTED IN THIS LIST WILL ImFER TO HEl'ORT OF COMMITTEE ON GRIEVANCE FOR RESTORATION, ETC.

No. of ]>I Lodge. 'ame 0if F ar ty, 3. William H. Adamson. E. Henry Haenshcn. 10. 'IN. D. 1\Iilne. H. K. Wilson. Ishmael Davis. D. A. Clinkingbeard. J. H. Karns. George :l\funford. R. G. Kuykendall. P. E. Rowley. 11. '1'. S. Boswell. Hobert A. Givens. James Leonard. N. C. Pringle. J. A. Sleet. L. Wil1iams. If>. L. L. Johnson. 17. R. W. Bryant. D. W. Knight. L. J. Spencer. 23. W. T. Biddle. D. H. Gillaspy. z.j. John Flynn. Clark Hooper. William L. Robinson. M. H. Saxton. :Miles Springer. John H. Schmidt. John H. Thornton. 28. John C. FieldIng. H. W. Farley. O. N. Criller. R McIntyre. R. E..Dewey. D. R. Scyve. 36. \,y. l\L Lionberger. D. \\T. Wear. A. P. Selby. John B. Clark.

No. of Name of Party Lodge. .' 40. Edward E.'Boyle. H. H. Collins. M. Gauger. George S. Lassucll. 43. J. H. Bodine. C. H. Curry. Lyman Veder. George B. Winston. 44. D. B. Halliburton. David Halliburton. J. 1\1. Dodson. . 47. Richard Woodson. 61. R. F. Beamer. William Summer. John S. James. C. T. Groves. 62. D. K. Buchanan. Moses Jonier. A. V. Lindsey. John Sibbitt. 65. T. Cain. S. A. Thomas. 66. John W. Glover. R. Johnson. 68. John Davis. W. J. Power. William Rhodes. 70. C. A. Owens. :M:.D.Rylc. J. W. Terrill. J. H. Wayland. 73. Thomas H. Spencer. 76. James W. Crooks. J. Q. A. Eggleston. 1\1:. Hobbs. J. W. Perry. George Robertson. Samuel Robertson. Thomas J. Roffe.

V:

/


1877.] No. of In. Lodge. 1""'ame 0if]'m路o:!. iG. John F. Robinson. Noah Vest. Thoma,; Leonard. ii. H. W. Benton. w. F. England. i8. T. B. Hall. D. ,Yo Thompson. J. T. Gleason. B. Kaffenberger. L. L. Richmond. 79. ' .... illiam M. mack. H. Eo Andrews. J. G. Brown. George L. Brow'n. E. B. Byington. H. B. Carroll. 'Villiam B. 1"i eld. III. R. Howell. .J. F. KeiUl. E. B. Kirby. H. H. Lewis. D. Pastorius. '''illiam H. Patriarch. W. Schaumburg. Robert Bingen. F. H. Stevens. F. C. Tabler. John Wherry. 86. W. M. Clarkson. Samuel Remington. Ernest Simons. J. A. Nellist. W. N. Stillman. E. W. Williams. S. P.Quick. 90. Charles A. Phillip. J. D. Shifflett. ()2. A. A. Brothers. S. S. Allen. .I. P. Wilkerson. J. J.Smith. 9i. Wilson Alman. 105. Thomas Secore. .; .I. H. Timmons. J. H. Wooding. llO. :l\Ioses Martin. Adolphus Boyer. Pleasant Graham. George Birch. 111. Peter Flesher. E. H. :Moore. ll3. J. L. Ashley. James H. Froman. Jesse W. Johnson. C. W. Spencer.

123

Appendix. No. of Lodge.

11''ame 0if P m'f y.

ll4. C. A. Miller. lli. William Bukstresser. H. P. Bond. B. F. Dark. Thomas R. Humes. WIlliam Roe. L. M. Shoemaker. B. S. Walker. 120. Thomas C. Dooley. ]21. F. W. Niehaus. 131. A. S. Hunter. P.J. Paul. G. .I. Van Allen. W. L. :M:urphy. P. W. Murphy. Solomon Brown. William Lee. F. Wheeler. ]32. Godfred Brune~ Joseph B. Jennings. Daniel O'Sullivan. John F. Rudy. 140. R. C. Williamson. 142. .James L. Bridges. Thomas G. Cockrell. John Keiss: Howard Pig-g. C. A. Morrison. R. L. Reed. X. B. Reed. John M. Steele. 147. J. F. Brookhart. W. R. Chaplin. J. C. Jackson. L. Jean. G. M. Wright. 150. A. M. Campbell. .James L. Dodson. A. Rogers. John.l. Whittington . 162. N. 1\1. Allen. 163. John H. Maurice. John McCloy. Charles Wanglin . S. H. Terry. M. A.Jlyde. D. W. Thomas. John F. Schieffer. J. O. Haynes. Wesley Conner. M.M.Eby. HH. William O. Gibson. H. S. Christian. 165. D. S. Palmer. 1G8. L. Baldwin.


124 No. of

Name of Party, Lodge. 170. Jordan Drake. 182. John Toohey. James R. Thornton. Joshua Dean. John A. Ewing. George L. Fisher. \ •John G. Fitch. .Tames P. Scott. 194. H. C. Cox. H. W. Morgan. W. R. Wilson. 206. Perry Lusader. Thomas Hallingsworth. W. R. Macklin. 2]0. Lion. A. Haynes. Smith A..John. ~1l. A. Y. Campbell. J. M. Henley. William Hcnlcy. S. H. lIIcMellin. E. 1\:1. Norfleet. J. H. G. Jenkins. I..ewis Kennett. 218. D. McFarland. B. A. Diggs. :!20. D. R. Baldwin. J. N. Richard. 'V. B. Spruce. H. B. Johnson. W. M. Johnson. • D. W. Wills. J. R. Young. J. Godfrey. W. H. Crotser. 221. M. .1. Hines. '..>27: .J. V. Pratt. .1. F. Pershing. Charles Walker. . A. C. Smith. G. W. Sloan. J. l\I. Parker. 23'3. Lloyd Cash. John Mumpower. Thomas Craig. James lIf. Wyett. 236. Thomas B. Donohoe. J. J. Franklin. H. J. McCormick. J. N. Patton. .lames Smith. .T. A. Wallice. 288. B. S. Howe. 243. Charles L. Dunham. .James Edwards. J. A. Hanley.

Appendix. No. of

[Oct. IV<

Lodge. 1 ame of Party. 243. B. H. Miles. H. J. McGaffigan. N. W. Stevenson. George W.Webster. James R. Yielding. F. A,. Vickery . H. IT. Wheeler. Henry Driver. Ira A. Lawrence. W. D. Murphy. James B. True. 247. J. E. Alexander. W. }<~. Anderson .. .J. P. Audrain. D. P. Ballard. J. Bm:zurd. E. Bridges. W. J. Caldwell. L. B. Hutchinson. H. J. Hancock. .J. D. Johnson. L. Maynard. .T. A. Mathes. .J. Plummer. H. Reynolds. 2.59. 260. 2G1. 265.

270. 281.

285.• 2!11.

299.

316.

F. WaelL . N. B. Lewis. R. E. Gamble. Christian Riley. Thomas Claunch, Thomas Duncan. W. C. Blakey. Laf. Cruce. J. A. Hall. D. B. Washington. B. F. Hardesty. :Marion Kirkum . Georp,e Henninger. James Breckenridge. Thomas I..ewis. Samuel H. G.leason. .James Downer. .T. R. Williams. O. C. Hartman. Hiram Morgan. Josiah Anderson. David Bly. W. C. Hillis. E. P. Barrett. .John Gail'. Thomas Hazlett. , Alfred Swain. H. R. Woodley. C. B. Wells. H. C. Mason.


1877.J No. of Lodge. Name oj Party, L. Hyatt. Henry :Myles. J. T. Butler. :127. J. S. Sutton. W. B. Janes. W. A. Findley. :181. O. Brokaw J. Bradford. .John Severance. John G. Willis. Samuel Dysart. :~i\3. William Fish. Edward Lyman. .Tames R. Leeper. . L. D. Murphy. Robert B. Simons. :HO. :Michael Todhunter. :~] 6.

Appendix. NO.Q( Name of Party Lodge. .' 340. J. J~. )foorc. F. M. Mathews. 344. .Tohn Richard:-;on. 364. E. E. Spencer. 371. W. R. Kelson. 380. Martin Parcell. 395. J. W. Craven. 4]0. Alexander Wilson. 415. C. B. .Johnson. J. M. Green. 419. .J. D. Bain. 426. Robert H. Renfroe. 430. M. V. Manley. \Villio.m Simpson . 459. 'William T. Bartlett. 482. A. Vandenburg.

125


SUSPENSIONS FOR UNMASONIC CONDUCT.

;

. REPORTED TO GRAND LODGR OF ;lrISSOURI, SEI'TE:lIBER 1, 1877.

PARTIES INTERESTED

IK THIS LIST WILL REFER TO REPOHT OF COMMITTEE ON GRIEVANCE 'FOR RESTORATION, ETC.

1VO. of

Name oj PaTty. Lodge. 2. Charles W. Hoelzle. 15. Robert Baker. 2.'). J. H. Shellebarger. 28. William O. Flavell. John J. Treat. William A. Wilson. 6l. John F. Yancy. 62. Samuel Barker. Alfred Jones. A. J. Smith 68. C. F. Mercer. John W. Stewart. 78. C. lIf. Kingsbury. J. W. Chick. 90. !"l8. Nathaniel Cunningham. .Joseph Hendricks. Eli Beekner. 104. John C. Agnew. .J. P. Babbitt. W. H. Fearnan. L. Fritzlen. ,\1:. B. Hedges. Samuel S. Ralls. :Solomon S. Smith. .J. B. Spurgeon. 105. L. G. Hammond. .'114. H. C. Keene. 166. James H. Medley.

No. of . Name oj Party. Lodge. 168. T. Woods. 185. W. T. Dudgson. 206. L. T. Robinson. 207. R. H. Moore. 225. Joseph Gill. C. P. Wofford. William Stillwell. 263. James Cooper. 267. Alexander Thompson. 28l. William H. Carter. 284. .J. A. FletchalL 286. .T. R. Oatman. 301. Robert Stonehocker. 319. W. E. Parker. 321. Daniel Maxin. 358. .J. C. Montgomery. 363. Eli Ray. 364. W. V. Burr. 378. P. S. Sagerty. II. G. Peyton. 380. Casper :MilIer. James H. Rigg. 393. A. J. Wilson. 402. David Bundren. 413. Edwin Martin. 415. John Maddox. 457. Ambrose Robbins.


EXPULSIONS.

REPORn:D TO THE GRAND LODGE OF MISSOUnr, SEPTEMBER 1, 1877.

PARTIES

INTERESTED IN THIS LIST WILl, REFER TO REPORT OF OOMMITTEE ON GRIEVANCE FOR RESTORATION, :ETC.

No. of Name of Party. Lodge. 5. W. A. Hyde. Robert 1'. Russell. 10. William Word. J. R. :Mills. Robert Butler. 25. Joseph J. Kirkbride. 28. Samuel A. Oliver. . 30. George W. Chapman. 45. Thomas :\lason. 46. William M. Seott. 47. George C. Shelton. 51. J. D. Keebaugh. 61. William Martin. 69. John IIanes. 73. Samuel Everly. Joseph Garvin. 74. Henry Scoville. 76. S. P. Bates. 78- J. G. Hammon. John S. Welsh. C~rus B. Bowman. 91. John Burton. William Burton. J. P.Weatherford. 92. R. E. Pleasants. A.I1L Weir. 104. S. B. Kerr. Ill. A. J. Taylor. 112. O. E. Swords. H. Critchiield. R. B. Gex. H. Spenser. 路114. T. lIf. Loftus. 11\:). M. E. McDowell. 124. Obed Holtsclaw. 131. John T. Perry. 133. W. C. R. Williams. 134. J. W. Farris. G. W. Hays. J. C. Turner. 138. Milton Shock. 147. W. A. Robertson. 162. A. J. Cambest. VlT. O. Simmons. J. E. Williams. 168. A. Latour.

No. of Name of Party. Lodge. 174. John W. Green. Thad. W. Stewart. 181. Tage Newerton. 18.5. A. L. Bowie. 195. 'Washington Galland. 204. Charles H. Grable. 205. Charles Carver. 206. D. C. Robinson.' 224. William Partin. 225. S. D. Hendricks. 235. Samuel Ill. Elliott. 245. H.P.Hull. 262. G. N. Richards. 270. J. P. Argent. .r. F. Lindsey. 278. John Veiley. 279. J. A. Suuthare. 284. R. '1'. Sloan. 287. A.Kiem. 293. A. S. Wooten. 301. W.T.Conlin. 306. HerIl11ln Harris. 321. Benjamin Winn. 323. Max Levy. 333. R. W. Goldsb~'. 335. S. W. Sigler. F. D. Pierce. N. A.'VI路'att. 344. Samuelll1athews. 358. Levi Davidson. 373. James L, Austin. P. S. Bowman. William Durst. William Smithpetcr. 388. John 1. Kenny. 392. A. Heeves. 393. B. F. Etston. 419. S. H. Long. 426. William Collins., George N. King. 438. Thomas Tod Hunter. 452. H. B. Collills. 455. Josiah B. Barnes. 464. James R. McClure. 475. Nathan H. Powell.

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REINSTATEMENTS.

REPORTED TO 'THE GRA~D I_ODGE OF ~fJSSO{;IU, SEPTElIlBER

No. of

Lodge.

Name of Party.

9. A. II. Barrett. 28. B. F. Shellabarger. 33. Isaac Ely. James Ross. ~7. A. ])uggeon, Jr. J. R. Wright. 49. H. B. Willingham. .)7. Samuel Simmons. 59. J. A. Jackson. 72. S. ~L Baker. 86. L. F. Ranney. J. C. Kelley. 91. John l\I. Holder. 92. B. F. Parsons. 96. R. W. Douglas. W. J. Veal. 111. J. H. Faulks. 118. M. B. \\'111n. 125. William Graham. Je~sie Elam. 132. E . .T. Dalton.

No. of

Lodge. 135. 147. 174. 176.

225. 233. 262.

265. 292.

303. 332. 333. 353.

360. 408. 458.

1, 1877.

~r r}) I i,a'me Q m路.?!.

Henry Neill. H. W. Knox. Adam Camp. P. H. Vance. Joseph Bovins. Alexander SUlUmer~. Wallace l\1cDonald. Aaron Ostram. W. W. Mardes. J. A. Price. A. Vanmatre. J. D. Stauver. A. A. Howell. M. Pyle. H. H. Denney. A ..T. Tucker. Henry Barclay. David Burns. Charles W. Keiser. J. G. Labaugh. L. Y. King.


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" ST. LOUIS, Mo., November, 1877. I

The wl:iter has taken especial pains to have the following Tabular Statement of Lodges correct, so as to show an the receipts for dues, &c., from October 9, 1876, to October. 11, 1877, and the footing up of receipts in the Statement will be found to agree with the receipts given in Report as Grand Secretary, all receipt.<; subsequent to October 11, 1877, when Committee on Accounts reported their examination of books and accounts 路of Grand Treasurer and Grand Secretary, being excluded from this Statement, and included in the supplemental list of receipts-the delay necessary to include in these Proceedings the Memorial to Bro. GEO. FRANK GaULEY, with his portrait, has given time to make these statistical tables correct according to the books of the office. The exact financial standing of each Lodge with the Grand Lodge being'sct forth, secretaries nave an opportunity to compare the same with the accounts on their books, and to adjust balances without delay. With the assistance of such tables, it will be less difficult hereafter to carry fo~ward balances that may be owing to the Grand Lodge in a manner that the subordinate ~"odges may rely upon as being correct, as the constant change of s~cretaries of Lodges tends with a great many of them to make their own books unreliable. If there are discrepancies between the \1CCOUJlt.<; here stated and the books of any . Lodge, the fault is with the secretary of that Lodge that any difference has not been heretofore examined into and adjusted, as all those that appeared in arrears were notified of the state of their accounts several months ago, for the purpose of having errors corrected, if any there were. ~or the benefit of his successor in office, the writer would urge it upon secretaries of Lodges Rot to wait till 17th .October before sending in their returns and dues-after that date there is so mUGh other work to be done in the office that minutes are Yery precious, and cannot well be spared even to the purpose of receiving money.

"

Hoping, in this respect, to note a marked change in the future, I am yours fraternally,

P. G. Secretary.

G. L.-A. 9


GRAND SECRETARY'S TABULA.R

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143

Appendix.

GRAND SECRETARY'S TABULAR S'l'ATEl\IENT-Continued.

U.D. U.D. U.D. U.D.

Aluounf brought forward Hallsville Civil Bend Havana l\ferlln1CC, St. Louis )-'ivc lJispensation Fees Two Charter Fcc<~

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4 00 2590

$14,373 85 - - - ----_.-----_.----------------------_. -----_._------------(*) No return for 1877. (1) $16 50 due for 187;3. (12) Previous credit, $1. (c) Chartered Oct., 1877. (2) $2::> credit for loan. (13) Previo'..ls credit, 50c. (a) . Chartered Oct., 1876. (:l) Previous credit, 55c. (14) l'revious credit, $1. (t) Charler arrested 1877. (4) Previous credit, $1. (15) Previous credit, $1. (t) No retnrns for 1872. (5) Previous credit, $2. (16) Previous credit, 50e. (17) Previous credit, ~)Oc. (1f) No return for 1875. (6) Previous credit, $2. (tt) Charter surrendered 1877. (7) Previous credit, $1 50. (18) Previous credit, $1. (i) DispenSlltion fee, $30. (9) Bal. due on note, $100. (19) Previous credit, 50c.. (c) Charter fee, $20. (10) Previous credit, $2 50. (20) Previous credit, 50e. (b) United with Grand Lodge of New :Mexico. (8) These amounts not included in report of Grand Secretary.

RECAPITULATION. Total Nuulber of Lodges in 1876...................................... 490 Total Chartered Lodges, September 1, 1877........................................................... 480 Total Lodges Chartered October 11, 1877........................... 8 Tota.l Lodges making Returns Septembel' 1, 1877.................................................. 444 Initia.ted ;.......................... 895 Passed......... 807 Raised ,.................................................................................................... 780 Adlnitted :'................ 758 Dimitted. 873 Died :................................................................ 295 Suspended for Non路Pa~rmellt of Dues................................................................... 336 Suspended for Unlnllsonic Conduct ~.......................................................... 82 Expelled................................................................................................................ 85 Reinstated......... 66 Rejected ;....... 339 Rcmitted Diles for inability to pa.y............................ 306 l\fClubership Heturned 21,841 l\IClnbership Estim,ated : : 1,379-23,220 Decrease Since Last Report............

. 519


LODGES IN ARREARS OCTOBER 11, 1877.

DUES, DUES FOR NAlIlE.

INCLUDl'O

1877. ARREARS.

---------------. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1---1 7 11 13 17 19 21 22 37 38 41 45 '46 54 58 62 63 65 66 72 77 79 8S

90 lill 107 115 126 127 130

134 137 1:l8 142 147 150 155 156 158 159

:Missouri. O'Sullivan PlluldingviJle Rising Sun

_ .

$6800

No Returns.

Due for 1873, $16.50, has credit for $25 (loan account),

2500 3200 100 5500 1850

~~I;'~~/~~"(!"·:2/\.;"L/~.//:///····::·:'

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Ca1l!lo Aetna BonhomlllC Wentzville Douglass

:

:

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::::::~::

:::: :..:::::

:

Linn, Da.nville Lebanon Polar Star Dresden, King Solomon Easton Golden Square, Border : Seaman Athens "'est Prairie, Pleasant :i\Iount Prairieville Lincoln Pleasant Grove Cass, Birming Springhill, Ashland Johnson Pacific,

No Returns. 16 00

. . .. .. ..

No Returns.

.

50 3250

!~:~~~.~~~~~::::::::::::.:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Duc for 1875, $22, . : . : . 1'\0 returns for 1876, '\, . .. ~ For 1876, \t37, . .. : No returns for 1876, For 1876, $21, .. .. : ; . . For 1876, $48.50, .. For 1875, $17.50, for 1876, $16.50, .. .. For 1876, $28,

$4150

No Returns. 2300 2250 2950

~

No Returns. 1900 1850 1650 2800 304 00

4050

No Returns. 100

No Ueturns. 3700

600

No Returns. No Returns. 50 23 50 1950 21 50

2150

• 14 50 48 50

2300 1550 ·4100

No Returns. No Returns.

4950

28 00


Appendix.

1877.J

145

LODGES IN A~REARS-Continued. DUE:, DUES FOR NAME.

1877.

I I

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ARREARS.

i~ ~v.~~]t>/. I

Hartford Novelty 1&~ Hannibal. ]89 Zeredatha, 191 Zerubbabel, 192 I Frankford El4. 'VellsviHe 199 New Hope 202 Westville, 204 Howley:

No Returns. $200

::···;;t\:.:;;:o:/(··:.·,/:./:;;:';;:''::;/:

. : : . Dues for 1877 remitted, For 1870, $4.4.50, no returns since 1874. . . . : For 1876, $2, : .

171 181

~~~ I~~~~~i~~::::::::::::::::::::::::::·::·.:::.:.·.:.:.:.:.:::.~.~~:~~;~':::~~:=: 211

II

Hickory IIill,

For 1876, $25,

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222

..

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2,12

;: I~~·a~~~:~,o~ 2Q0 261 264 266 268 273 274 276 277 278 290 292 291

..

: :

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~~ ~:

:

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I

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318

I El Dorado

G. L.-A. ]0.

.

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2100

1800 50 No Returns. 31 00 700

No Returns. 31 00 24 50 50 $200

150

2500

4S 50

1600 150 2000 . 1 00

45 00

No Returns. 1750 1700 31 00 1650 141iO

No Returns. 2050 No Returns. 2200 1500 1750 20 50 1900

No Returns. No Returns. 450 No Returns.

100

2250 1850

BOO

1650 No Returns.

100 2850 2250 1600 11 50

No Returns. No Returns. 2500

No Returns.

3350


146

Appendix.

[Oct.

'ARREARs-Continued. ..

LODGES IN

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14 00 i

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.

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453

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..

481

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::

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1000

50 ?\o HctuJ'lls. !l 50 No H.eturns. . ?\o Returns.

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.: . . . :;: :. : .

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LODGE CREDITS. RECEIPTS FRO)'l OCTORER U, 1877, TO ~OVEMRER 1; J"CLCSrVE. BY .JOHN D. VINCIL. GRAND SECRE'l'ARY: No. -. "

72.

" 475. " 481. " 29'1. " 166. I' 284. " 6;:>. " 'SO't. " 266.

Kaseyville (charter fee) Danville Golden Clinton ~lound City :Mirabile St. :F'rancoi8 Pattonsburg Faithfl1l. SOCilll

:

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"

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;

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11 00

THE }<'OLLOWING LODGES HAVE CREDITS OF AMOyNTS .\FFIXED TO THEIR RESPECTIVE NA~rES: 8. 'Villialnsburg . %7:) " 13. TUsing 8I1n :. ; . 2~ ()() ;30 " 40. l\ft..Morinh .. " c,:-l. Cambridge .' .. 26 00 25 " 12G. Sealllan .. " 117. Cass . 25 00 "148. yancy . 50 " 161. Clifton Hill. : · . 1 00 "167. Orient Francais ~ . 2;,) 00 " 171. II artford ' . Hi 00 ) 00 " 185. Chmnois .. " 177. Texas .. :!ij 00 " 215. Hornersville . 2;) 00 " 241. Palestine . 2;') 00 ~) Oil "277. Index : .. ;5(1 .. 31:-l. Kingsville .. " 399. Pike : . 1700 " 468. Red Oak .. 17 :')0 1 0[1 " 471. "'linera1.., ..

"0.

SUMMARY OF ARREARAGES: 1877, per Returns............... Estimated......... 1876 and Previous Years, per' Returns...... }:st.hllated

, '"

$1,157:3 40 689 flO 442 10 i8 on $3.086 00


GR,j\ND SECRETAI1Y'S TABTJLAR STArrEJ\'IENT,

~

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C01VIPILED FROl\f RETURNS, SEPTEMBER 1, 1877. For Reference Noles sec end 0/ Table, Page 159.

~ II

LODGE.

I P TOOWN A~D ADDRESS. .

-- - - - - I

COU~-'I'Y.

I

----

1 MiSf;ouri.. jSt. Louis ~t. Louis 2 MerIJian ; ~t.. Loui:" St.. Louis 3 Reacon ISt. Louis 1St. Louis 4 Howard INew l"rllllklin"'jHOWard 5 Unlt,ed Springfield Gr(,elle 6 Ark I Newnrk Knox 7 O'Rulliv(ln Walnut Gl'Ove Greene 8 Wil1lamSbUrg I~illjamSbUrg Callawfly 9 G~o. ~ashlngton .. ~t. L~t~!~ St" LOLlis 10 A"enc:'~ Agenc~ BtH'hanau 11 Pauldingville 1 W'right City Wnrr~n 12 Tyro /C'aledonta WashIngton 13 Rising Sun Barry CIIlY 14 Auburn Auburn Lincoln 15 Western Star IWillstonville Davifs~ 1~ Memphls ·,Memphl.s S<?otland 11 ClarkSVlIJe lclarkSVJlle Plkt; Palmyra M~lnon ]8 P~lmyra ]9 Paris Union ·Pal'ls Monroe 20 St. Louis 1St. Louis Rt. Louis 21 nreencastle Grepnp.astle Sullivan 22 Wellington DeKalb Buchanan 23 FloridSl. Florld~ ~Ionl'oe 24 Wyaconrla * La Grange ,Lewis 25 Naphtali St. Louis St. LOllhl 26 Mexico MeXic. 0 Audl'1lin Zl Evergreen New Haven Franklin 28,St.. John HannibaL Marion : 29 Windsor Wind",or Henry 30 fInnt.wilIe ;H.untsviIle Randolph : 31 Liberty Liberty Clay 82 Lafayette : , Lcxington jLlIff\yette 33 Ralls : !Center Ralls 34 Troy Troy Lincoln

MASTER.

Charles F. VogeI.. George Wie~aod John C. Rollman George r.. Edward8 Martin J. Hubble J. M. McKIm R. E. Bo~·d (1876)

SECRETARY.

.

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April 3, 1822 IUnited ,\ ith 1st G. L. of Illinois, 1824. Nov. 25, 1821, disp. by G. L. of Indiana Surrendered January 7, 1823. April 3. 1822 Arrested December 20,1831. 1\1ay. 1852 : Died 18GO. October 8., 1822 United with 1st- G. L. of Illinois, 1824. October 25,1822 Arrested April 11, 1826. ,Octobe r _25, 1822 United. with 1st C.T. L. of Illinois, 1824. i\!ay, 185R Surrendered 18n3. May n, 1852 Surrendered 18;J[).· . October 9. 1822 United with 1st G. L. of Illinois, 1824. Oct~ber 10.}826 Surrendered April 6, 1831. ApfIl3, 1~2/ A!rested October 3,1838. May 6, 18.')2 Went down Oil account of war, 1861. . April 8, 1828 Arrested AprilS, 1838. October 5, 1830 !Arrested October 3,1838. October 5,1837 Surrendered 1862, on account of war. IOctober? 1837 United with G. L. of Illinois, OctOber, 1843. October 0,1837 Arr.ested 9ctober W, 184? . . October 2, !838 Umted With G. !,. of IllInOIS, 1840. June 10,1853 Surrendered 18/6. October 8,1839 United with G. L. of IlIin.ois, 1840. May 6, 1852 Arrested May.1Su5. October 9, 1839 United with G. lJ. of IllinoiS', 1&12.

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Plntte Lancaster

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Marshall Alexandria College Dickinson Bowling Green Neosho

83 Dana 84 Multanomah

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IIll !October 8, 1840 ,Mo May 28, 1858 MO IJune 12. 1~3 :Mo June 9,1853 f Jl.l... October 8,1841 Mercer Mo" June 2, 1866 Mo "'IOctober 8. 1841... , Iowa October 20,1841.. Polk MO jJune?, 18;)3 CaldwelL l\lo ,June 2, 1866 'rowa 'Octobe.r 20, 1841.. Monroe ,MO June 9. 185~ Andrew l\[o June 10,1803 Buchar~an Mo IOctober 8, !841.. Frankhn 'l\Io June 10,18;)3 IWiS Octobcr 11,1842 Montgomery Il\[O ,May 25, 1854 Springficl~l.. GrE;ene Mo ,October}i, 1842 Chapel ~hll Lafayette MO ]'M.ay, 18<>8 Platte CIty Plntte Mo October 14,1842 Lancaster Schuyler ,Mo ~Iay 25, 1854 : Salem.: Ill.. ,.october 11, 1842 BellevIlle "",,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,1111 IOctober 11, 1842 Osceola St. Cll1.i r ' 1\[0 [October 15, 1842 Maysville De Kalb IMo )o[ny 25, 1854 Dubuq~le IIowa iOctob~r 101 1843 Perryv,~lle Perry 1n-IO IMay 2;),18,>4 ,Iowa City Iowa I October 10,1843 , :Warsaw Benton )[0 October 12.1843 ~ p.latteville ; ,WiS October 12,1843 Marshall Salme ~[o October 12, 1843 Alexandria Clark l\fo October 16,1844 ~Iarion College Marion IMo October 16,1844 'Monroe Marion Mo Bowling Green Pike ~)Io October 14, 1846 Neosho Newton l\Io October 14,1846

!Arrested October 16, 1846. 'Surrendered 1864. Destroyed 1862. by war. Surrendered ~[ay. 1863. Arrested October 19.1846. Arrestcd October, 18i6. Changed to "G.Mt. 40," 1844. United with L. Moriah, of Iowa,No. 1844. Surrendered ~863. l~r~ested ~prll 22, 18.69. !Vmted wIth G. L. of Iowa, 1844. 'Arrested Februa!y 29, 1864. Surrendered 186;). Arrested October, 19, 1846. Arrested May, 1863. United with G. L. of Wisconsin, 1844. Arrested }OIay 18, 18.')8, Arrested October 18, 184i, Destroyed 1861, by war. Surrendered 1864. Arrested 1866. I~n!ted w!th G. L. of Ill!no!s, 1.844. {mlted WIth G. L. of Ilhnols, 1843. Destroyed 1861. by war. Destroyed 1862, by war. United with G. L. of Iowa, 184*. Su~rende~ed Ja.nuary , 1864. Umted WIth G. L. of Iowa, 1844. Destroyed 1861, by war. United witl! G. L.of Wisconsin, 1844. Arrested 1851. Arrested 1864.. Chal1/.{ed to" Dickinson,"1847. Formed from" College, No. iO." Changed to" Ashley, No. i5." Surrendered 1863, during war, and. reo stored as 24i, in 1867. Arrested October 28,1852. First Lodge on Pacific Coast. United with G. L. of Oregon. Destroyed 1861, by war. Destroyed 1861, by war.

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Hillsboro Wellington Pleasant Hill Tully Carlyle ~ Modena St. Louis Burlington Bolivar : Brecke.rlfldge.; BloomIngton ~Iiddl.e Grove Rochester S~art~ Washmgton Mineral Point }[jddletown

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October Ii, 1846 Oregon. October 19, 1846

Mo.:: 1\[arch 19,1847 i'Mo 'Unknown I IOctober 14: 1847 'I

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90 94 9~ 9;) 95 95 99 101

IPralfle Boone IEyen,ing Star ;Acacla ;Pleasant Hill :Cha. man IMt. ~errion IGreene

106 106 106 108 108 109

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IHarflSOI}Vllle Columbla iCllba JItCkson ;?leasant Hill :Las Vegas !:;\It. Vernon ,spr..ingfield

Cass l\oIO IBoone I:L'v[o ·CrawfOrd ~ r;\l0 cape Glrard.eau lifo :cass I:L'vIO jTer. of N. ?llex.... IPolk ·Mo G.reene :.~[O

October 12, 1847 I'DestroYed 1861, by war. ::May 8,1848 .. I;\Iay ~9, 1855 ' ·ISl!rrendered Jut:Ie 12, 1875. l\oIlty u, 184t; JWent down dunn~ t.h.e war. l\oIay 8, 1848 IArrested 1853. June 2. 18li6 United with G. L. of New :\Iexico, 1877. ,~lay 11. 1848 Surrendered December 27,1862.. !.MaY 12, 1848'''''''''''''''''''''''''''1 United with" lJ.'nitcd' No.5," 18;j7.

iMacon

:L'vlacon ll\olO '?lracon : ?I,lo Saline 'i\o[o :New ~Iadrid ,)Io iTer. of N. Mex \ ITer. of N. ~Iex....

Il'lay 28,18'18 ,l\[ay 28,1808 IMay 10, 1849 IMll.y 10, 1849 10ctober 1!J. 1867 :L'vlay 8,18-')1..

surrendere.d 18n. Cl).anged to "Macon, 106." ISurrendered February 10, 1857. 'Destroyed during the war. Unitcd with G. L. of New ~lexico, 1877. United with G. L. of New ?I[exi~o, 1877.

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G. L. of PennsylYama, 1824. \Surrelldered 1860. Surrendered Jam,ary 28,1860.

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118 Hiram

128 KIrkSYIlle 128 Live Oil..k: 129 Constantme II

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141 :Middlebury 143 Flint HilL ..: 14~ JO~1l1 Dade: 140 IWmdsor CIty 147 Buffalo

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IMercer St. Cha.rles Barry Carroll ,Dallas

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158 160 161 167 168 169 172 173 177 180 184 186 195 197 200 203 203 204 205 208

CornwelL Rose Hill Edina ,Edina :Robort Morris Savannah Eldorado Luray Fairmount... Fairmount.. Tuscumbia Tuscumbia Wolf Island Wolf Island Union, formerly" Bollinger " Wolford's Store Winchester Winchester Kenner : Athens Modern Humansville Dayton Dayton Wet au Glaize Wet au Glaize Camden Camden Washburn Washburn PleR.~ant Ridge Pleasant Ridge Green Ridge Windsor Bent Taos :Rocky Mount.. ,cam p Floyd Alto Vista Alto Vista

'Johnson 1\'10 IKnox Mo Andrew )10 lclark Mo Clark Mo )liller Mo 1\-Iississippi.. Mo IBollinger Mo Clark MO Clark :'010 Polk :Mo Cass, 'Mo Camden MO Roy n-l0 Barry 1\10 Harrison .: Mo Henry >vlo New Mexico........ Daviess

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l\Iay 28,1856 May 29,1856 l\[ay 28,1856 May 18.1857 ':May 18, 1857 : May 18, 1857 : I1\-Iay 30.1857 )[ay. 1857 I1\-Iay• 18.57 May, 1858 May, 18;)9 May, 1859 1\-lay• 1860 May, 1859 I l\'1ay, 1860 :VIay. 1860 'October 19. 1867 June 1, 1860 June 1. 1860 1\'Iay, 1861..

Destroyed 1861, by war. Arrested :May, 1866. Surrendered 1857. . Surrendered 1861. Surrendered June 12,1863. Surrendered 1863. Surrendered August 22,1874. No Records. Destroyed 1861, by war. Destroyed 1862, by war. Destroyed 1861, by war. Destroyed 1861, by war. Surrendered 1862. Went down 1861, by war. Destroyed 1861, by war. Arrested 1863. Surrendered 1873. Surrendered 1865. :.. Surrendered 1861. Arrested 1865.

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219 ,New Boston

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Surrenderecl1871.

277 Index 295 Grove

Index Cuss Mo October 15,1868 y 15, 1868 Webster Groves 81. Louis :MO Clark (;ity Clark Mo October 12. 1870 Pink Hill Jackson Mo ,October 12, 1870 Ash Grove IGreene Mo.~ October 13. 1870 Wellington Lafayette , Mo October 13, 18i1.. Richmond Ray 1\[0 October 13,1871..., Carrollton Carroll Mo: October 12,1872 l\olacon Macon Mo October 16,1872 Cunningham Chariton 11,10 October 17. 1873 Butler Bates Mo :October 15.1874.. La Junta New :Mexico....... IOctober 15, 1874 Pittsville Johnson Mo........

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3:32 IClark City 331; Ouk Grove

348 407 409 417 433 463 479 480

Ash Grove Houston ' Unity Covenant.. , Silent Temple Lake Triangle Union 491 Pittsville

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Arrested 1877. Surrendered 1874. Surrendered 1875. Surrendered October 3.1873. Arrested 1872. Destroyed by fire December 19,1873. Surrendered 1876. Surrenderec11873. Surrendered October, 1877. Arrested November 7,1876. Surrendered October, 1877. United with G. L. of New Mexico, 1877. Arrested 1875. /'

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OFFIOERS OF THE

GRA.ND LODGE

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MO.

1877-78. • THOMAS C. READY, St. Louis Grand Master. NOAH M. GIVAN, Harrisonville D. G. Master. JOSEPH S. BROWNE, St. Joseph G. ..&m. Ward~. WM. R. STUBBLEFIELD, St. Louis G. Jr. W-arden. WILLIAM N. LOKER, St. Louis G. Prea8'Urer. JOHN D. VINCIL, '* St. Louis G. Secretary. ALLAN McDOWELL, Greenfield G. Lectu1'er. REV. JNO. E. BARNES~ Licking Gr. Ohaplatn. " C. C. WOODS, Boonville , " " " JOSEPH W. LEWIS, St. Louis " " " M. RHODES, St. Louis. '" . . . .. .. " " " W. A. TARWATER, MaconCity. " " " S. LOEWEN, St. Louis " " H E. S. DULIN, D. D., St. Joseph. " " LEE A. HALL, Louisiana G. Sen. Deacon. G. L. FAULHABER, Sedalia G. Jr. .Deacon. JNO. C. BLOOMFIELD, St. Louis G. Marshal. JOHN T. RUFFIN, Carthage. . . . . . . . . " J. D. ABBE, Bolivar G. Sword Bearer. J. B. WOOD, Waverly G. Steward. • B. P: BAILEY, Fulton.... . . . . . . . . . . . " H. P. WHITE, Kansas City G. Orator. O. ROOT, JR.., Salisbury............. " R. W. McMULLIN, Hillsboro G. Pursui'Dant. GEORGE :I'HORP, St. Louis G. Tyler.

* Also Committee on Foreign Correspondenl,'e NOTE.-Allletters for Grand Lecturer should be addre88ed to care of the Grand Secretary, who will promptly forward them.

1877 Proceedings - Grand Lodge of Missouri  

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